Arthur Melo has been left out of a call again. Of the last ten games, in four he has not been on the bench because of physical problems. Ernesto Valverde, at a press conference, never ends up being concise: “He came from the concentration with Brazil with some discomfort. After the game against Atleti we had to stop. He had some pubic problems.” And, precisely these problems, do not end up raising the Brazilian to the role of headline that is won when he links several parties in physical fullness.
These setbacks, on the other hand, are not new. Last season he lost several weeks of the championship for the same medical condition, and it is something he has worried at the club. Because the former Guild, in the ecosystem of Barça, fits. Since last August we have heard Valverde ask for more involvement in the offensive plot, that he is not afraid to look forward and that his passes are more incisive. Said and done. Goals against Osasuna and Villarreal. Assists against Valencia and, twice, in the win against Sevilla.
Goianas had left Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Carles Aleñá behind. In the imaginary public, he was the starter along with Frenkie De Jong and Sergio Busquets, a center of the field that made a long-awaited football reconcile a football that last season was not seen. With the Reale Arena clash, seven LaLiga games have been lost this season and three of the Champions League. Ten in the global calculation.
When he landed in Barcelona, he surprised by going to the birthday party of Neymar Jr a few hours later from a Classic. From the club they caught his attention, and the Brazilian came out to publicly apologize: “I was wrong to go and I assume my responsibility,” he said. But Arthur, a season later, has tripped several times with the same stone.