Ian Rush Explains Why Philippe Coutinho Must Choose Aston Villa Over Arsenal. In the wake of reports that Arsenal is interested in signing Philippe Coutinho, Ian Rush has urged the Brazilian to stay at Aston Villa.
Since joining Steven Gerrard’s side on a six-month loan from Barcelona in January, Coutinho has been in excellent form. In nine Premier League appearances, the midfielder has scored four goals and contributed three assists.
While he failed to make a real impact at Barcelona, the Brazilian seems to have found his form with the Villans. As a result of his efforts for Birmingham outfit Coutinho has piqued Arsenal’s attention.
In response to the Gunners’ interest in Coutinho, Rush has stated that he understands why they are interested. However, the Liverpool legend believes that if the youngster wants to stay in the Premier League, he should stay with Gerrard’s team, He wrote in his Gambling.com column.
“Arsenal have been linked with Philippe Coutinho this week on the back his form for Aston Villa and I can see why – Coutinho to Arsenal makes sense. But if Coutinho is to stay in the Premier League beyond this season I think he should stick with Aston Villa.”
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“He seems to have a good rapport with his old Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard and it would be a risk for him to give that up in favor of joining one of the bigger sides. If Villa can afford to sign him and want to sign him, I’d like to see him stay and commit to Gerrard’s project there.”
“That said, the football Arsenal are playing at the moment would lend itself to his qualities, so I can see the logic in the transfer links – he would be suited to their style.” Wrote Ian Rush.
It’s worth mentioning that during his time at Liverpool, Coutinho shared a dressing room with Villa manager Gerrard. The two have played 81 games together.