ARSENAL boss Mikel Arteta has reportedly given the green light to sign Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho.

The Gunners find themselves fourth in the Premier league and are looking to strengthen in January to sustain the push for European football.

And according to, Barca outcast Coutinho is someone Arsenal are interested in signing.

Arteta gave 'a resounding yes when approving the arrival' of the former Liverpool man.

The Gunners are hoping Coutinho can recapture the world class form he showed in his last spell in the Prem.

And the 29-year-old could offer the 'right solutions' for Arsenal.

Arteta said on the Gunners' January plans: "It would be useful to change something, even if it is never easy.

"We are working towards this, to understand what our needs are, and to find the right solutions."

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Coutinho may find it hard to break into Arsenal's formidable three that play behind the striker.

Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard have 16 goal contributions between them in each of their last six outings for the club.

Arteta's team are showing 'unity', something that has rarely been seen on the red side of north London since the Arsene Wenger era.

The Spaniard said: "We go to every ground to try to impose our game and this was a really good example.

"It is a big win for us. We looked sharp and committed. I am very happy. It is not easy to win away in the Premier League.

"The way we were dominant from the beginning and the quality we showed, I am very happy.

"The direction the team is taking, how we are growing, the understanding, the unity and the support from our supporters in every ground is very much linked with the way we want to play.

"The unity around the club and with our fans is very pleasing."

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