After the celebrations by Man City for winning the Premier League, other clubs’ eye what they can do to emulate their performance.
One such club looking for new talent is Arsenal, whose late-season collapse deprived them of a much-needed top-four finish. Winning the Europa League is their only chance of playing in next season’s Champions League.
The plan to begin strengthening the squad with Denis Suarez stalled with his disastrous loan spell, freetips.com reports. Fans and pundits questioned the deal; Suarez played just 95 minutes in total and never appeared in the starting eleven.
Despite plenty of competition from other hapless hopefuls who wore the famous red and white shirt, Suarez found himself dubbed the worst player ever by fans.
During his six months in North London, he made just six appearances from the bench. None produced any goals nor assists while his running was frequently aimless.
The summer sees Suarez return to his hometown of Barcelona with Arsenal declining to make the move permanent. With the Gunners looking to revamp their squad on a tight budget, that comes as no surprise.
This wasn’t the first time the former Spain international’s path crossed with Arsenal’s. In January 2018, Barcelona looked to offload Suarez to the Premier League club, but the Gunners eyes, hearts and minds were in the Bundesliga, looking to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
Then Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was unconvinced of the necessity to sign the midfielder, considering his squad well-stocked. Unai Emery, however, knew the midfielder from the time they spent together in Seville.
It wasn’t a happy reunion. Suarez lacked match fitness having featured just twice for Barcelona before moving to the Emirates. His debut at Manchester City lasted twenty-four minutes, his longest runout in an Arsenal shirt.
Once Bitten, Twice Shy?
Emery continually commented on Suarez’s “adaptation” to the English game, fueling rumours of disagreements over training and Suarez not being the player he remembered.
Wenger’s decision proved vindicated with the club opting out of a deal to make the move permanent. Indeed, Arsenal’s refusal to commit to that element during negotiations almost caused the loan deal to fall through.
The decision following this season looks right on the money given the sparsity of Suarez’s contribution to the Gunners cause. Was Emery aware of Wenger’s misgivings?
The Arsenal recruitment team made a huge error in signing the player in the first place; is this a warning for the summer?
Injury ended his spell at the club with Suarez announcing his season was over:
Some issues with my groin have made things tough since the game against BATE Borisov in the Europa League…now they have forced me to stop training altogether. After various medical consultations, the conclusion has been reached that I cannot keep on pushing it, and I have started a period of treatment that cannot be done alongside competitive football.Denis Suarez Says Ciao
It was a sad end to his second spell in English football. Raul Sanllehi declared last week that Arsenal needed to outsmart the transfer market.
Mistakes like Denis Suarez cannot happen at Arsenal again.