Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that he was delighted with Arthur’s performance in the 4-2 victory over Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League.
Lionel Messi stole the show at Wembley Stadium with the Argentine scoring twice as the Catalan giants held off a fightback from the Premier League side.
However, Valverde praised Arthur after the game with the summer arrival having impressed in the center of the park.
Valverde told beIN SPORTS: “Man, that’s what it’s about. Looking for a gap, he has some qualities that come in handy. He completes many passes, it’s hard to take the ball off him. He has been a starter in an important game.
“We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League.”
Although Arthur impressed his coach, the former Gremio midfielder highlighted Messi’s impact and echoed Philippe Coutinho’s assessment that the Argentina attacker is the greatest player ever.
“It’s amazing what he does, he makes extraordinary things routine,” Arthur said to beIN SPORTS.
“He’s the best player in history, I’m very happy to play alongside him and learn.
“It was a difficult match, it’s not easy to play against Tottenham.”