Philippe Coutinho, Thomas Partey and Willian: Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal transfer


‘Get me Coutinho, Partey and Willian!’ Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal transfer targets as he eyes a switch to 4-3-3 next season with experience brought in to help his younger players – and NINE first-team stars are up for sale

  • Mikel Arteta has drawn up a list of the players he wants to sign this summer
  • The Arsenal boss is looking to strengthen his squad following his FA Cup triumph
  • He wants to add experience with Philippe Coutinho, Thomas Partey and Willian
  • Arteta also wants to hand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang an improved deal 

Mikel Arteta has identified the three players he wants to bring in this summer as he looks to make his own stamp on the Arsenal squad he inherited from Unai Emery.

The Gunners boss is looking to add a wealth of experience to the team and is intent on switching to a 4-3-3 system next season, as he continues implement his own style of play.

According to The Times, Arteta has identified Philippe Coutinho, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Chelsea winger Willian as the men to help transform his side as they look to build on their FA Cup triumph.

Philippe Coutinho is at the top of Mikel Arteta's Arsenal transfer wishlist this summer

Philippe Coutinho is at the top of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal transfer wishlist this summer

Arteta wants to bring in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

Arsenal are front-runners to sign Willian should he decide to not renew his contract at Chelsea

Arteta also wants to bring in Thomas Partey (left) and Chelsea winger Willian (right)

With Coutinho now exiled by Barcelona, Arsenal could snap up the Brazilian this summer, with recent reports suggesting that the former Liverpool star could cost as little as £9million. A loan deal is also being mooted should Barcelona not receive an offer in the region of their valuation of the player. 

The Catalan giants are hoping to sell Coutinho permanently but are aware that clubs may not be able to part with a significant transfer fee in this current financial climate and could instead look to loan him out for another season. 

In the centre of the park, Partey is being seen as the man to take over from Matteo Guendouzi, after the Frenchman lost his place in the squad due to attitude issues.

Arteta is wanting to switch to a 4-3-3 system next season and knows the men he needs for it

Arteta is wanting to switch to a 4-3-3 system next season and knows the men he needs for it

Another veteran Arteta is keen on bringing in is Willian, whose current deal at Stamford Bridge is set to expire after Chelsea’s second leg against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 on August 8.

While he remains locked in contract talks with the Blues over extending his stay at the club, Arsenal are one of the front-runners to land the Brazilian should he not be offered a new deal.

Arteta is also hoping to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stay at the Emirates by offering the Gabon striker a new £250,000-a-week deal.

Aubameyang’s current £180,000-a-week deal expires next summer but his contract includes a 12-month extension clause.

Arsenal are set to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) a new deal worth £250,000 a week

Arsenal are set to offer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) a new deal worth £250,000 a week

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