Barcelona has reportedly upped its offer for the services of Philippe Coutinho. According to multiple reports, Liverpool has rejected a third Barcelona offer for Coutinho, believed to be worth up to $151.5 million. Coutinho put in a transfer request a week ago but Liverpool has remained firm on its desire to keep Coutinho for this season.
Diego Costa has not been shy in the media as of late when it comes to voicing his displeasure with Chelsea. Over the weekend, he claimed to have been treated “like a criminal,” and, in between criticisms of manager Antonio Conte and airings of past grievances, explicitly stated his desire to leave the club. “I must return to Atlético Madrid.
Shkodran Mustafi, Francis Coquelin, Per Mertesacker all in line for season debuts. The game will likely come too soon for Alexis Sanchez, who is still working to get to match fitness. Stoke City have lost only one of their last seven home matches against Arsenal (W3 D3 L1). Stoke City forward Jese Rodriguez could make his debut following his season-long loan move from Paris Saint-Germain. Alexandre Lacazette could become the first Arsenal player to score in both of his opening two PL appearances for the club. Coming off an exciting 4-3 comeback victory at home against Leicester City, Arsenal travel to what’s been in the past a house of horrors, visiting the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City. (Watch