Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has had his contract with Atletico Madrid terminated, both the player and the La Liga club have officially confirmed, and according to AS, Arsenal have been monitoring the situation for a while now.
Costa spent four years at Stamford Bridge, winning two Premier League titles for the Blues, one under Jose Mourinho and the other under Antonio Conte. He returned to Atletico in the summer of 2018, and after two years of playing an important role in Diego Simeone’s team, he fell down the pecking order this term due to the arrival of Luis Suarez from Barcelona, as well as the formidable form of Joao Felix. He only made seven appearances for the Rojiblancos in 2020-21, all in La Liga, and scored two goals.
There’s no hiding from the fact that Arsenal need to either jump-start their goal-scorers, most notably Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, or sign a new player, capable of finding the opposition net, as soon as possible.
Diego Costa has a winning, relentless mentality – you’ve got to give him that, quite apart from his formidable skill on the pitch. Arsenal have seen (and felt) it before, and the experienced striker will probably do well for a while wherever he goes.
However, we should remember this player only too well. The feature that stands out when it comes to Diego Costa, arguably more than his skill and mentality, is a notable lack of discipline and respect for manager decisions. He once threw a training bib at Mourinho, he had some well-documented issues with Conte as well.
In the light of what is happening with Mesut Ozil and what has happened with Matteo Guendouzi, it really feels that the last thing Mikel Arteta needs right now is another potential troublemaker on his hands.
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