What will Denis Suárez bring to Arsenal?

£20m is incredibly cheap for pretty much any player coming to a top-flight club these days, and Spanish creative midfielder Denis Suárez is no exception.

Signed at the age of 17 by Manchester City, the Spaniard failed to make an appearance for the Sky Blues during his two-year spell in Manchester. But it was when he returned to Spain that he made his biggest impact…

When Barcelona want you, even their B team, you go. And that is exactly what happened. He went from an outcast at a ‘financially enriched’ Manchester City, to in and among the Barcelona first-team. His impressive performances in the Segunda División in Spain earned him a loan deal to Sevilla in Summer 2014.

Sixteen Spanish First Division games for Los Hispalenses, all but one coming from the bench, was far from ideal. It seemed like no one was fully willing to give this young boy from Pontevedra a chance. That was when Villarreal came in…

He finally showed what he could do. Denis Suárez dominated the Europa League in that 2015/16 season, guiding Villarreal to the semi-final before being knocked out by Liverpool. His impressive assist tally of eleven (seven of those in the UEL) ended up with Barcelona exercising their buy-back clause.

He seemed to have been sucked in by the Barca air once again. The chance to play with the likes of Messi and Iniesta. Barca even handed him the number six. An heir to Xavi? Despite over forty appearances in two years, he hasn’t quite encapsulated Catalunyan hearts and minds the way Xavi Hernández did and with only forty-one minutes of football under his belt this season, he’s angling for a move.

Arsenal – How Does He Play?

Another creative talent to the pot. Deployed in deep central areas he has the ability to swan through the heart of midfield, flick a switch and change the game, similar in a way to German Mesut Özil. Air-tight dribbling and the occasional ruggedness to ride a challenge makes the seemingly ‘light’ Spaniard look comfortable in central areas. He also has the capacity to go into wide spaces, the left-hand side more often than the right. The issue with this position would be his lack of strength. A slight physique wouldn’t lend him any favours out wide, especially considering he doesn’t possess sheer pace to simply beat his man.

Nonetheless, his wand of a right foot and defence-splitting vision can only lend a hand to Unai Emery. An extra player to provide chances for their dynamic duo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, can only help…


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