Arthur could have already played his last minutes in a Barcelona shirt. The Brazilian has signed a contract to join Juventus next season, and since then, he has not played at all.
“I will not say that he is in the exact same situation as before, evidently,” coach Quique Setién said, but maintained that Arthur “keeps training, he puts in effort, enthusiasm, and tries to do it as well as he can.”
The emergence of Riqui Puig has robbed the Brazilian of minutes in midfield, but with Frenkie de Jong injured and five changes available, it was still unusual to see Arthur not given almost any time in the past three games. Setién used his final sub to bring on a forward, Martin Braithwaite, in exchange for a midfielder, Sergio Busquets, against Villarreal. Was it tactical, or did he feel he couldn’t go to Arthur because he’s too unfocused?
Local media is speculating that his Barcelona career may already be over.