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EPL: Arteta chooses between Willian, Coutinho

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Arsenal have chosen Willian over Philippe Coutinho, according to the UK Mirror.

The Gunners are now expected to seal a deal for the Chelsea midfielder by next week.

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Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad ahead of the new season and build on the recent success of winning the FA Cup.

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Arsenal were offered the opportunity to sign Coutinho, with Barcelona desperate to get the former Liverpool playmaker off their books.

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But Arteta has snubbed the opportunity to sign Coutinho, even on loan for the season, in favour of landing Willian.

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Willian, 31, is the cheaper option of the two players and Arteta is very keen to work with him.

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The Gunners technical director Edu has a good relationship with Kia Joorabchian, who represents both Willian and Coutinho and is an Arsenal fan himself.

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