It is clear that Arthur Melo will hardly ever dress again in Blaugrana. Quique Setién directly opened Pandora's box by insinuating without hesitation that the Brazilian midfielder had invented some inconvenience for not entering the call against Alavés: “I'm only going to comment on Arthur that the player has come to training and told me that he had ankle discomfort.”
The tone of the Cantabrian coach, dry and blunt, and that the club did not issue any medical statement leave the player in a very bad way: the possibility that the Brazilian has been removed from the list is being given direct attention.
There is no doubt that the image of Arthur, during the game against Osasuna, yawning in the stands and stretched out without his boots in a position closer to taking a nap than to watching his teammates say goodbye to LaLiga definitely, have not helped the midfielder, who is having a final epilogue in his adventure in Barcelona, very unprofessional, especially if we compare him with the other part of the barter, the Bosnian Pjanic, who has been playing it all since his transfer to Juventus was announced. Instead, Arthur has only played four minutes – in Vigo against Celta (2-2) – since it became official that he will play for Juventus next season.
Obviously, Setien's words did not help to smooth out the rough edges when he explained that Arthur would only play for Barcelona if he was “essential”, dropping that today he is behind even youth squad Riqui Puig and that he is' de facto 'the last midfielder on the squad.
In any case, Setien's suggestion that Arthur has deleted himself so as not to travel to Vitoria is very serious because it directly points to the player's professionalism. From AS we already reported that the player had been absent in the morning session this Saturday and that the locker room had not offered any official explanation.
And it is that the club wanted to expose the footballer because he has not even considered sending a medical statement to cover the embarrassments, as he has done in other cases.
It is clear that the war between Setién and Arthur looks very bad, especially considering the Champions League match against Naples on August 8, where Barcelona will not be able to count on Sergio Busquets or Arturo Vidal., sanctioned, so that in a normal situation it would be a firm candidate to be a holder. However, if the Cantabrian coach continues, it is more than evident that Arthur will not be in the eleven, having to resort to Frenkie de Jong, Sergi Roberto and Ivan Rakitic as the only alternative in the core and with only Riqui Puig as a replacement.