By Kevin Campbell

19th Aug, 2021 | 4:00pm

Arsenal told to snub Coutinho and sign Barcelona alternative after Sky update - Campbell

Kevin Campbell insists there is a deal to be done if Barcelona make an offer for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted to the latest Arsenal transfer reports.

On August 17th, Sky Sports reported Barcelona’s interest in signing Aubameyang this summer.

It was also claimed the La Liga giants are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho to the Gunners as part of the deal.

The Catalan club are in serious financial trouble and have already said goodbye to Lionel Messi this summer.

Campbell claims Arsenal don’t need Coutinho and instead should look at taking some of Barca’s other players.

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“Coutinho has suffered a lot of injuries,” Campbell told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“On his day he’s world-class, the problem is there haven’t been many of those days in the last 18 months.

“That’s a big risk. If Aubameyang wants out, Barcelona want to use trades.

“Even if it’s not Coutinho, Barcelona have a good right back, they have a good goalkeeper in Ter Stegen.

“I don’t think Coutinho is the answer but there are plenty of other players who we could take.

“If Barcelona come in for Aubameyang, there is a deal to be done. Arsenal hold the cards.

“But another attacker? No, not for me.”

Coutinho, 29, joined Barcelona from Liverpool in 2018 but struggled to hold down a starting place.

Became a symbol of Barca’s transfer errors after he scored against his parent club in the Champions League while on loan at Bayern Munich in 2019-20.

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