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LIVE: Arsenal 2- 0 Leicester, midfielder Philippe Coutinho loan deal to be revived



Arsenal’s history with the League Cup is a decidedly odd one.

During the Arsene Wenger years the Gunners used to use the competition to blood plenty of their young talents, with many a teenage star making their bow in what is usually considered to be the secondary cup competition.

But despite that, you’d have thought that a club of their size would have won it more than twice.

Arsenal’s last League Cup success came way back in 1993, meaning that Leicester – who have won it three times, in 1964, 1997 and 2000 – are just one of eight clubs with more successes in the tournament than the Gunners.

Can Mikel Arteta improve that record this season?

Well the Gunners have a tough test at their first hurdle as they take on Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes, and you can follow all the action on a live stream here.

Arsenal are reportedly looking likely to revive their transfer interest in Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

According to journalist Layth Yousif, Arsenal held an interest in Coutinho earlier in the summer while he was still out on loan at Bayern Munich.

The Brazil international helped Bayern win the Champions League, but is now back at parent club Barcelona and seemingly likely to move as part of Ronald Koeman’s reshuffle at the Nou Camp, according to Yousif in the tweet below.

Coutinho could be a fine signing for the Gunners if he gets back to his best, but it could also be a bit of a gamble from a team that needs to get its work right in the transfer market.

Arsenal finished 8th in the Premier League last season and papered over some cracks with an FA Cup final win, and it remains to be seen if Coutinho is really the answer.

That said, Arsenal fans may be excited at the prospect of their club targeting a big name who did once light up the Premier League during his time as a Liverpool player.

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