Opinion: Arthur has an ability to play at any position in midfield
- Marca's Ramiro Aldunate looks at where the Brazilian would fit in Barca
- He is most likely to be the first to come on substitute
"With Ernesto Valverde set to stay true to his 4-4-2 formation into the 2018/19 campaign, the arrival of Arthur poses a question as to where the midfielder will fit in.
"Across the middle four, the Brazilian's ideal position is seemingly alongside either Sergio Busquets or Ivan Rakitic, however dislodging one of these men is a difficult task and thus Arthur's versatility may be in his favour.
Arthur dreams of getting the shirt number of his legendary role model, Andres Iniesta, the Brazilian wants shirt number 8 at Barcelona. [sport] pic.twitter.com/EG6AXHFKB0— Barca Universal (@BarcaUniversal) July 13, 2018
"It wouldn't be beyond his abilities to play on either flank but, once again, Valverde has reliable options in these positions and the pairing of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho represent far more significant investments for the club.
"While Andres Iniesta and Paulinho may have left, Rafinha and Sergi Samper are back from loan spells to add to the competition in midfield which only grows when Carles Alena returns from injury. That said, in Arthur's favour is the fact he will start life at Barcelona on the first day of pre-season, giving him time and space to work under his new boss just as his World Cup faring teammates are recuperating on the beach."
At which position would you like to see Arthur perform the most?