The Chalkboard: How Denis Suarez will bring balance to Arsenal’s attack

On transfer deadline day, Arsenal confirmed the loan signing of versatile midfielder Denis Suarez from Barcelona until the end of the season. 

On the chalkboard

The 25-year-old is familiar with Unai Emery’s style of football, having played under the Spanish coach whilst on loan at Sevilla throughout the 2014/15 campaign. Therefore, he ought to settle into life at the Emirates Stadium quickly and be ready to be integrated into the matchday squad immediately.

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Suarez must be desperate to get back to playing regular football, having been a bit part player for Barcelona so far this season. He can certainly have an impact for the Gunners too, as his skill set and attributes make him an ideal fit for Emery’s attacking midfield contingent.

Suarez will be willing to press and harry opponents high up the pitch, as is the preference of the Arsenal head coach. What’s more, his technical ability is of a high enough standard that he’ll be able to contribute positively to the Gunners’ build-up play.

Bringing balance 

It is likely that the once-capped Spain international will be deployed on the right flank, down which the Gunners have struggled to gain a foothold in recent matches. 

Left-back Sead Kolasinac is given license to get forward, but he is only able to join the attack effectively because he can link up and combine with the likes of Alex Iwobi on the left wing. Arsenal have been without an Iwobi-like presence on the right, especially since Henrikh Mkhitaryan succumbed to injury. Therefore, be it Hector Bellerin or Ainsley Maitland-Niles playing at right-back, Arsenal have been unable to concentrate many attacks up the right hand side of the pitch.

Suarez’s arrival could solve this issue and bring greater balance to Arsenal’s attacking play, thus taking pressure off the Bosnian tough man down the left flank and affording him even more space to operate.

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