Arsenal are said to be interested in signing free agent Diego Costa.
Since re-joining Atletico Madrid from Chelsea in 2017 the Spaniard has not been able to recapture the form he’d shown in the Premier League, gradually becoming a bit-part figure under Diego Simeone. Arsenal are apparently not too bothered by that.
The goals have dried up, off-field issues have simmered behind the scenes and Diego Costa has now had his contract officially terminated by Los Rojiblancos.
Arsenal are said to be ‘very attentive’ to the situation by AS.
Sentiments that needn’t be repeated, the general consensus across north London can be summed up in one word: no.
Not under any circumstances should Costa set foot through the Emirates doors. Not unless he’s lost and needs the loo. Even that one is debatable.
The total lack of desire in him joining the club isn’t solely based on his on-field antics, nor his run-ins with pretty much every member of the Arsenal squad. These factor in, but most importantly is that there is a 32-year-old striker whose profile is not in any way suited to Arsenal’s style of play, and he’s scored just 19 goals in the last four seasons.
There is not one single piece of logical evidence to suggest this deal move makes sense. Sure, he’s now a free agent and has experience of the Premier League, but he’d also want a three-year deal and substantial wages. Arsenal would scoff at that. Three years? Madness! Got to be at least four…
So, why the supposed interest from Arsenal? Let’s take a look at three totally legitimate, fool-proof reasons.
Willian Needs a New Buddy
Have to maintain the Chelsea links, right?
With David Luiz‘s deal running out in the summer and it looking unlikely that he’ll be handed fresh terms for the 2020/21 campaign, the Brazilian/former Chelsea contingent will be one man lighter.
One person who isn’t going anywhere is Willian, so in order to keep the status quo in check, Costa coming in to support his former teammate makes absolute sense.
They played together at Stamford Bridge for three seasons, winning the Premier League on two occasions, so reuniting that bond could be the ‘winning mentality’ Arsenal need to mount a surge back to the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Willian’s performances have been so bad that even Arteta can’t keep him happy by playing him in the starting lineup. There has to be another way to keep the spirits up.