Since the transfers of Arthur and Pjanic to Juve and Barça respectively, one stat has come out and that is the number of minutes played by the two midfielders.
While Pjanic has been enjoying a good run of form with him playing 192 minutes since the transfer (missed only yesterday’s game against Atalanta), Arthur has only played 4 minutes in the disappointing draw in Vigo two weeks ago and has found himself on the bench in every game.
It’s fair to say that the emergence of Riqui Puig, who has shone in every game, has barred the way for Arthur to shine and start for Barcelona, but Quique Setién has stated that Arthur is still a Barça player and he should play like it until the end of the term.
Arthur has stated that he is still a Culé too, so this low amount of minutes is disturbing to see, especially when Pjanic has been allowed to play to the peak of his powers so much.
Barcelona legend says Messi is essential for the young Barcelona generation
Following what will forever remain an unforgettable might for the youngster, Ilaix Moriba scored his first goal for Barcelona. It was a sensational strike, as the young Spanish midfielder faked a shot one way, only for him to cooly dispatch it the other way.
Yesterday night, Barça legend Luis Suárez Miramontes had this to say both in regards to the club’s youth, as well as club veteran Lionel Messi: “For this group of young people it is essential that there is someone like Messi with personality and charisma so that they grow as they should. That is why it is necessary to maintain it.“ (via Carrusel)
Per earlier reports, the Barça captain has stayed true to this. He reportedly takes “special care” of Ilaix Moriba in particular so that the 18-year old doesn’t “deviate from the path of becoming an important player in the team.” This is one of Barcelona’s most talented squads in recent memory, full to the brim and overflowing with youth and exuberance, with all these players looking up to the Argentine.
The 85-year old is a Barcelona legend having played in Barça’s iconic colours from 1955 to 1961. He is widely regarded as one of Spain’s next footballers of all time, and a testament to this is the fact that he is still the only player from the country to ever win a Ballon D’or.
He has been heavily critical of the squad at times this season, owing to the fact that “they [Barca players] make the worst individual and team mistakes.” At least this time he has something to smile about.