Charles Watts of the reliable Football.London has this morning provided an insight into the struggles of Denis Suarez to this point in his Arsenal career.
Suarez, a versatile 25-year-old attacking midfielder/winger, made the move to the Emirates in January, following a protracted saga between Arsenal and the Spaniard’s parent club, Barcelona.
Suarez arrived in North London on loan for the remainder of the campaign, with option to buy in the summer.
OFFICIAL: Denis Suarez joins Arsenal on loan until the end of the season pic.twitter.com/cuztbuM81o
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 30, 2019
However, despite the Gunners’ faithful having made their excitement clear upon the former Manchester City’s youth’s arrival being made official, Suarez has since endured a hugely-underwhelming stint at the Emirates.
To this point, Suarez has managed just 6 appearances in Arsenal’s colours, all of which have come as a substitute.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi sit firmly ahead of the once-capped Spanish international in the pecking order of Unai Emery, with Arsenal’s solid recent form having provided little indication that this is set to change moving forward.
‘A signing that just hasn’t worked’
As such, questions have already begun to mount regarding whether Arsenal have any intention of making Suarez’s transfer permanent at the end of the season.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Football.London’s Charles Watts this morning, a decision on the Barca loanee’s future has seemingly already been made, with the Gunners’ board having no intention of exercising their right to buy on a player who has ‘just not been good enough’:
‘He’s just not been good enough. Simple as that really.’
‘He clearly hasn’t done enough in training to convince Emery he should be starting. And he hasn’t done enough on the pitch to suggest he deserves more minutes.’
‘It’s a signing that just hasn’t worked. I can’t see anyway that Suarez will still be here next season. I would much rather see Saka or Amaechi get some minutes between now and the end of the season.’