Coutinho or Özil?.

Six alternative signings that could have happened (1)

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Mesut Özil arrived at Arsenal to much fanfare on the final day of the summer transfer window but, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, the club must now be wishing they had signed Philippe Coutinho.

The German was a club record acquisition from Real Madrid for around £42.5 million and, while he made an immediate impact upon his switch to north London, has become less influential of late.

Özil drew criticism for his performance during Arsenal’s humbling against Liverpool on Saturday, but Coutinho on the other hand earned praise for his display in the 5-1 dismantling at Anfield.

The Brazilian played a wonderful pass to allow Daniel Sturridge to score, and the £8.5 million paid to bring him to Anfield from Inter in January of last year appears to be a snip indeed.

But do this season’s stats prove that Carragher’s assertion is correct, and Arsenal should have signed Coutinho ahead of Özil? Click the tab to see their stats compared, along with these five other alternative signings that could have been made…

Thiago v Fellaini
Falcao v Eto’o
Willian v Lamela
Neymar v Bale
Cavani v Negredo

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