Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Denis Suarez on loan from Barcelona on their official Twitter account, with the Spaniard set to be reunited with Gunners boss Unai Emery having played under him during their time at Sevilla.
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The Spaniard arrives at the Emirates on loan until the end of the season, although the north Londoners do have an option to turn the deal permanent in the summer, as per the BBC. Suarez was part of the Sevilla team that won the Europa League under Emery back in 2016, playing a key role on their way to beating Liverpool in the final.
25-year-old Suarez featured 71 times for Barcelona in total, as per Transfermarkt, but has managed just eight appearances in the current campaign as he has struggled to oust the likes of Arthur, Philippe Coutinho and Sergio Busquets from Ernesto Valverde’s line-up.
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Emery told the Gunners’ official website: “We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us. He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla. He brings us quality and options in many different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”
The former Manchester City midfielder can play in a number of attacking positions, as mentioned by Emery in the previous quote. In that respect, he could certainly challenge anyone across the attacking midfield positions for their place, most notably Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
Interestingly, Ozil has been struggling for consistent game time under Emery this season, as reported in detail by The Guardian, whilst Ramsey looks certain to join Italian champions Juventus on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract (via calciomercato.com), so Suarez’s arrival could be with the intention of testing out a potential replacement for the Welshman.
Additionally, with Ozil out of favour and Suarez’s impressive versatility, his arrival could potentially allow Emery to sell the German playmaker without having to scramble around for a replacement in the summer.