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Arthur and Lenglet have minutes under their belts ahead of El Clasico

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Samuel Umtiti’s injury and Ousmane Dembele ‘s drop-off in form have seen Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo used more and more in recent weeks

The Frenchman and Brazilian have shown that they are ready and, having arrived this past summer, both look to have settled in Catalonia.

Neither’s arrival was a panic buy or a last-minute opportunity.

In the case of the ex-Sevilla defender, Robert Fernandez had watched him since his time in France and had planned on making a move for some time, which was then backed up by his performances in LaLiga Santander.

For Arthur , the inability to sign Marco Verratti played its part, and Barcelona had been keeping tabs on him since seeing him in the Copa Libertadores, as they considered him to be the closest thing to Xavi on the market.

After a slow start to life at the Camp Nou, Lenglet and Arthur have appeared in four of the last five games and, at the moment, they don’t look like falling out of the team.

Inter ‘s visit to the Camp Nou saw the Frenchman deliver his best Barcelona performance, while Arthur has been impressing more and more with every appearance.

Both players will go into the Clasico in great confidence. Valverde even took Arthur off against the Italians to maintain his fitness for this match.

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