Denis Suarez has been brought in on loan from Barcelona until the end of the current season, and Arsenal do have an option to buy him if he impresses during that spell.

We’re all hoping that the 25 year old will add something to our attacking play, and help link up our midfield and forward areas.

We’ve gone back over his career and looked at his stats from the 2014-15 season – one he describes as “my first year playing football at the elite level – my first year in the top division” – right up until now.

DENIS SUAREZ STATS

Denis Suarez stats: 2014-2019

 APPEARANCESGOALS ASSISTS
2014-15 (Sevilla)4665
2015-16 (Villarreal)48512
2016-17 (Barcelona)3635
2017-18 (Barcelona)2735
2018-19 (Barcelona)821
Total1651929

Then there’s this visualisation from Scott which gives a little more depth:

In his welcome interview with the official website, he describes his best quality as his final ball, and he’s more of a creator than a goal scorer. Certainly his goal stats over the course of his career don’t suggest he’s somebody who is all of a sudden going to start banging them in.

It will be interesting to see where exactly Unai Emery is planning on using him, and in what set-up/formation.

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Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

“In his welcome interview with the official website, he describes his best quality as his final ball, and he’s more of a creator than a goal scorer…”

Then straight after took off his Scooby-Doo like mask to reveal himself…

“IT IS I, MESUT, ALL ALONG”

Dan
Dan

God, I hope not.

martin
martin

Are you joking? A young Ozil would be amazing, however I certainly don’t think he’s remotely near his class

Sànde Class
Sànde Class

😀 😀 Surely Faisal wins the comments section for this!? _/\_

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

So easy to imagaine this. Still chuckling 5 minutes after reading it. Those eyes as he grins evilly after it all hahahahha

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

😀

Dave M
Dave M

He kinda looks like if Ramsey and Xhaka were to have a baby

LEFT08
LEFT08

Most underwhelming signing since Chris Kiwomya? Discuss…

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I think the reason people feel he’s underwhelming is that, despite his age and the fact he’s arriving from Barcelona, he’s still an unknown quantity. It’s difficult to be excited when you genuinely don’t know what you’re going to get. Plus people feel like he’s just a Barca reject being foisted upon us because they don’t want him.

What they’re forgetting is that Barca’s central-midfield and wing options currently are Messi, Coutinho, Dembele, Malcom, Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Rakitic and Busquets, as well as Iniesta up until last summer, and youngsters like Alena who is also being introduced to the side. They’re also forgetting that Denis Suarez still inherited Xavi’s No.6 shirt, which suggests he’s considered to have potential but perhaps hasn’t been afforded the chance to fulfil it.

I’ve watched Suarez play a few times. He’s no world-class world-beater, but he’s tidy, technically gifted and positive, and I’ve always felt that if he could put a run of games and form together he could be a seriously exciting player. He hasn’t yet had the chance to do so, and there’s no guarantees that that would be the case, but all the raw ingredients are there. If Emery can give him the right guidance I’m hopeful he can become a consistent and dependable performer for us. But it’s entirely possible he won’t :/

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Well Sead!

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

Oh and remember Hleb, Vermalen, Song and Henry were not first choice in Barca. Don’t remember if Fabregas was. But all those players were good enough for Arsenal at that time.

Except from Auba, Lacazette and maybe Torreira and Bellerin. None of our current Arsenal players Even get close to the Barca first team.

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

Give the lad a chance his numbers with Sevilla and Villarreal we’re good.His numbers dropped off with Barca probably because he played in bankers when they had a weakened team out.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Basically he is the Spanish Elneny 🤦🏻‍♂️

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I was still young and naive at the time, so I was actually excited when we signed Kiwomya and Hartson.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I always like John Hartson. I remember cutting out Kiwomya’s head from his Ipswich sticker and sticking it over my double of Paul Davis. I also cut his name out for the bottom bit and stuck that over. Those were the days.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

You’re not called Merlin’s Panini for nothing.

Remigardesnipples
Remigardesnipples

Yes mate

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

I hoped beyond hope that Kiwomya was the next Ian Wright. Alas that was a dark time where mediocrity was nearly always the outcome.

LEFT08
LEFT08

Times are even darker now. In 1995 we still had owners who cared about the club and got it right in the end. No need to mention what we have now…

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Funnily enough the club doesn’t sign players to excite the fan base…just to do a job for the manager and the team!

Santori
Santori

Wonder what happened to Borjan Krkic.

Languishing at Stoke in championship.

Was so promising 10years ago but since become a bit of a journey man.

He plays Rwing and apparently open to loan offers anything to get him understandably away from the potteries.

Dave Cee
Dave Cee

Eddie McGoldrick surely

Prakhar
Prakhar

All Barcelona fans are united in his praise. And they all say that Valverde didn’t trust him, otherwise previous managers did and he played a lot.

Him not playing regularly is not indicative of his talent. We have got a gem at our hands here. Very positive news!

Mizog
Mizog

Signed the same day as John Hartson!! Discuss

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Welcome to the Arsenal!!!

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Seriously, good luck to the guy. Can’t say I’m that overly excited, but I hope I’m wrong and he proves himself to be our new Rosicky of some sort.

Also a lot on Emery, as this is without a doubt his chosen player. Not Sven, not Raul, but his. And in many ways he encompasses everything Emery wants from a player, so it’s also a good way of assessing what’s in store for the future of Arsenal under Emery.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

you can’t assess Emery’s choices in this abnormal state of ‘no money to buy’.
This is his choice WHEN he was told he couldn’t buy anyone, only loan.
I’m not excited much either, but there’s no way to the blame the coach on this one.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

You say you can’t blame the coach, which in some ways makes sense. But then does that also mean if he works out, we can’t praise the coach for it?

Or is it all set up in a way whereby it absolves him if it doesn’t work out, but he gets the praise if he does?

But the point remains, it’s still his choice, clearly. We had Sven and he’s leaving, and I imagine he probably had alternative choices (as the story goes, his choices were overlooked by Raul for Emery’s choices, which makes sense).

But ultimately, we surely have to judge him on that. He knew what we were working with, and obviously feels within our resources this is his ideal midfielder. The other was ofcourse Banega.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

No, he didn’t know about how the situation would out like this. long before the window open he said he wanted a ‘specialist’ defender to help us. then came the talk about a winger.
As for what you describe as he had alternatives, there is no evidence supporting the claim. the club is not really giving him much choices if they can’t land China based Carrasco or Perisic, both of whom wanted a leave and their club wanted to sell.
And yes if it worked it’s his should be praised, why? because he made this signing based on his knowledge and past experience with Suarez, who is probability only in red and white because of Emery. Effectively saved the club from having the embarrassment of making zero transfers.
And what’s more, he convinced him to come on our terms, risk-free loan with no obligation to buy. If it works then great, if not then thank you for effort, next summer provide him with money and scout decent targets for him to buy.

Dan
Dan

True. The radar shows his most prominent property is interceptions + tackles + blocked passes, that’s right up Unai’s alley.

Costagooner

Hope he stays fitter than Rosicky

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Can we get the scooby poo-o-meter on this joke?

Runnings
Runnings

I hope he develops into a great singing. I need somthing to hang my hat on pertaining to our new manager. …

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Maybe you can start with the 14-game winning streak he strung together?

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

22 actually.

Beating Chelsea in the league for first time in 7 years is another.

Phil McCupup
Phil McCupup

I have no idea what that radar means. Are they good numbers?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Glad I’m bit the only one. I thought it was a magic eye picture….. got dizzy just looking at it.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

Ignore the diagram and just look at the numbers, and then it makes sense (I really don’t see the added value of that diagram at all). All numbers are “number of times, on average, per 90 minutes,” except that two of the stats are for percentages (note that Scott should have put a “%” next to “On Target”–I hardly think Suarez gets 42 shots on target on average per 90!).

Or I could be wrong.

Whisht
Whisht

yep – I agree.
For me, visualisations like this aren’t so much about the numbers but the ‘shape’ of the player in regards to the ‘shape’ of other players.

So, its more a quick ‘squint comparison’ to say “Oh, he’s a bit like [similar spiderweb shaped player], or “oh my god – all our players have the same shape – surely we need some [upper quadrant types (eg strikers)]”

So I kinda need to see a whole bunch of these and squint and say “ohhh I get it….”

Joe
Joe

Usually the outside edge represents the 95th percentile for a given statistic and the middle the 5th percentile, so the closer his shape is to the edge on any given stat the better the player did on that metric.

Charley
Charley

Looked like something used on some early video games, very confusing

Rich
Rich

This is a decent signing considering our inability/refusal to spend money on any permanent transfers.

He’ll be keen to impress, to get a permanent transfer.
We need wingers, Emery says this guy can play as a winger, they’ve worked together before, so it’s just a risk free, semi calculated punt, from a club with no money…..

I think he’ll start on the bench against City, get integrated and given minutes in the Europa, then likely become a permanent fixture in the team for the remainder of the season.

ArsenalTillIDie
ArsenalTillIDie

Underwhelming?! Wtf is wrong with some of our fans, Jesus Christ! Denis suarez is an incredible talent. Surely in a transfer window where we are not financially capable to buy any player let alone 1, having a player that is joining us of Barcelona quality is a big positive yes? I swear just a couple of windows ago Denis was hot property and just because the kid didn’t get a fair run of games in the Barcelona first team people slate the guy. Give the kid a break, he’s 25 and has unfulfilled potential that I’m sure Unai will be able to unearth. Give him time ffs. Rather him than noone.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

What you said!

Macca
Macca

Give the guy a break ffs, Barca thought he had something about him, so things didn’t quite work out, there is not one player in this current Arsenal squad that would be a regular starter for Barca at the moment, doesn’t mean they are all shit.
At this present time Arsenal are at a different level and this signing reflects that, i am sure he will be a useful addition to the squad.

Odin
Odin

These returns are average.

Santori
Santori

Surprisingly low on successful dribbles but that’s stats for you.

I think Unai is correct in assessing the need for more capabilities in midfield.

Our defensive issues have not solely been down to Mustafi. where was Mustafi when we slipped to BHA, Soton, West Ham?

Those were 8 vital points that Sokratis for all the talk about his organizational abilities did no better. Had we banked those points we would be 55 points to the good at the moment right up there with City.

Torreira in those matches and the Liverpool one lost the ball 6 times either being robbed of it or by miss passes. 3 of those led to goals. yet the simpleton knee jerk reaction is to blame Granit.

In fact some ‘fans’ rather get rid of Granit. These same fans would make a case for the far more mediocre Elneny.

Midfield has been part of the issue defensively. We need to function as a unit when defending. When the gaps are large between transition from attack to defense, we inevitably get picked off. All teams will regardless of how good your Cbacks are.

One of the big issues in the squad which was being improved but has come back to poor habits was picking up runners into the box. Shifting Granit in and out of defense and away from building fluency with Torreira has not helped.

BUT another issue (despite stats illustrating our possession numbers) is that we do not hold on to the ball in midfield with good authority.

If anything we don’t have the sort of Arsene Wenger gem in Santi Carzola to keep hold of the ball without recourse to attempting to pass the ball around and out of defense at much risk presently.

This is where I feel Dennis will give us (hopefully) a different set of capabilities.

Aside from this, I think he is a versatile player with (at 25yrs) plenty of up side who can also cover the Ramsey departure with utility higher up behind the strikers or if we should not (likely) find any addition at Rwing (still an issue unresolved for 3 seasons), at least some added capability out wide.

Its a loan with option to buy which represents a good deal for us.

This smacks of Unai putting his foot down on the transfer team and pushing a bit more weight now in terms of selection (Emery and Suarez having worked together at Sevilla much the same as Guendouzi at PSG)

The transfer team (Mslintat) has not bought to tactical needs of the squad since last January with Wenger. Hopefully the gaffer will continue to impose his will on proceedings and this will change with or without Mslintat.

Nothing underwhelming at all. If Suarez proves a hit, we have all to play for with City, Spurs not far ahead and 14 games to go.

At very least lets finish above the Spurts.

Pistol
Pistol

Firstly… way too much going on in this post.
Secondly… Guendouzi was at PSG academy until 2014 and Emery came in 2016. No previous workings together.
Thirdly…. stop copy and pasting your old posts and rehashing them, they were tedious reading the first time around, they’re worse the second.

Arsenio
Arsenio

What Pistol said.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

The joke’s on you – you bothered reading it.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Crab stats? Are they made by Denilson?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Best of luck to Denis Suarez. If Barcelona wanted him before he can’t be too shabby.
At the very least he’ll keep the rest of the midfield on their toes. I hope we end up wanting to sign him permanently come the end of the season because that would most likely mean we’ve got Champions League football.

Santori
Santori

Too bad we could not perform a merry go round.

Perisic to Dalian, for Carrasco to us, for Mhkitaryan to Inter.

Santori
Santori

Another issue is Suarez may be cup tied for europa.

BUT we have all to play for now with us unexpectedly (if you were a pundit) on par with Chelsea.

One more player out wide on loan would have been ideal to really give it a push.

As I said, if we fall out of CL, the summer will be more difficult.

Better to bring in the likes of Dennis now and get a shot at a permanent deal when he has incentive to move. He will have better choices come summer and we may again find ourselves having to cover too many requirements, plus excuses not to spend enough to fill those gaps.

Richard
Richard

CL is a different competition and he won’t be cup tied for EL.
Curiously nobody mentions, that he was (according to many reports) signed as a winger, yet on the introduction videos he mentions it several times that his is the Iniesta position and he models his style after his idol. He can possibly do a job on the wings, but he might not be the proper winger many people have been looking for.

Santori
Santori

https://www.arsenal.com/news/what-we-can-expect-denis-suarez

Good insight into Suarez.

Don’t believe the stat merchant.

Dennis has very good critical control at feet of the ball.

Santori
Santori

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEnKKUFUqvU

Music sucks but decent enough vid to illustrate his dribbling ability.

Yet another reason not to pay heed to these stats merchants whose only agenda is to show you what they want to.

Some people are gullible. Unfortunately.

Fiers d'être Bleus
Fiers d'être Bleus

So, a “stats merchant” only shows you what he wants you to see, but a Youtube-video titled “Amazing skills” gives you the full picture of Denis Suarez as a player? Right..

Some people are gullible indeed. And then there’s Santori – the jester of Arseblog.

Denski62
Denski62

Setting up for when Ramsey leaves

Mizog
Mizog

The Spanish David hillier hopefully

Chris hani
Chris hani

Hi everyone am martin.. 😅 jk.. so yeey i think its a good signing. Am not really excited with that ..because I really dont know what to say.. Suarez. Yeah 25 he is at his prime . This is where he gets to get the game right? I totally agree with what has happened to Him i mean Sanchez was not really a great player at barca everyone was at the limelight .. then came Neymar.. i mean Neymar comes to take my position.. i will look for a spot somewhere.. giroud saw two people coming to arsenal he looked for more play time.. i guess if enrique or pep could have still be in barca suarez could have more playing time.. but with introduction of arthur and coutinho.. malcom dembele .. vidal . That would be hard i mist say .. so i would push for more play time..
But he is better of than any creator at arsenal right now i mean.. we have seen our games.. we are literaly lacking that kind of mobility .. movement passing in that middle always trying to attack from the edge .. a good time should have a 360 attack pattern .. suarez can try that.. he is better off than our injured not tactical enough 10 .. well he is not of that class but he might bring consistency..heey Ozil tried during cardif maybe he can play with ozil or compete in that number.. good signing but .. we will see that in games after man city..

Romford Pele
Romford Pele

Slightly crap that radar. What are the stats being measured against? What are the outside boundaries based on? Best in the World stats? Best in the league?

For someone who claims he has a good final ball I would imagine key passes would be a good metric for this. But the scale indicates that he is a bit shit at this or is this just the scale being poorly positioned? I thought I would look into this specific stat.

From a quick look on Whoscored, in the 2017/2018 season Ozil was providing the most key passes in the league with 3.2 per 90mins (this season he is creating 1.8 per 90). Hazard is currently providing the league high with 2.8. Denis’s 1.64 per 90 would place him in the top-20 highest in the league for this stat, and 3rd highest at Arsenal.

Interestingly, Arsenal’s current second highest provider of key passes per 90 mins is Kolasinac with 1.7. No other player is creating more than 1.1 for us at the moment.

It is debatable whether Ozil’s numbers are decreasing as a result of his ability declining, the team changing or because of Unai’s style of play. But either way, currently he is getting less game time and we could do with another creator.

Arsenal has 2 prolific goal scorers, even a slight increase in key passes and chances created should translate into more goals.

FYI:

Ozil key passes per 90 mins:
2014/2015: 3.1 – 1st
2015/2016: 4.2 – 1st
2016/2017: 3.0 – 2nd
2017/2018: 3.2 – 1st
2018/2019: 1.8 – 12th

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Nice stats, but misses the important question. Does he bite?

Jon Bergkamp the IIV

Does anybody in the comment section actually watch La Liga consistently? Not just the YouTube highlights? Suarez is exactly what the coach wants from his midfielders and precisely what we need. Hard working, technically gifted with the ability to unlock and penetrate. Thankfully some of you recognise that.

Judging a player based on a dozen sub appearances, is going to mislead. The same goes for watching YouTube videos of “Suarez best skills.”

Suarez has a lot going in his favour to succeed at Arsenal. He already knows English from his time at Manchester City. Obviously he knows the manager and has his trust. Let’s spell that out for some of you more pessimistic ‘fans’:

1) Suarez knows the speed and physicality of English football. Some of the best players in the world (Di Maria, Falcao, Robinho, Shevchenko, etc) struggled with it.

2) Emery knows and trusts him. I think it’s pretty clear that the manager does not trust Ozil. We all know why, he blows hot and cold.

There is no doubting Ozils class and his ability to find a pass. However he gets marked out of the game or simply goes missing. It happens to best but far too often for my liking.

Yes Suarez hardly played at City. But still won their youth player of the year award which had some good players in it.

Yes, his stats aren’t giving me a semi. And yes- he could struggle. But what if he didn’t? What if he was sensational? He reminds a little of early Sanchez (love that he’s shit now haha) during the first 2 years with us. Dynamic. Skilful. Irritatingly hard to get the ball off. Sanchez wasn’t a goal machine at previous clubs but became one at Arsenal. Maybe being one of the best players in the team will bring that out in him?

Finally, you do not get bought, not only once but twice, by Barcelona, if you’re not special. One of the most successful and coveted teams in the world! (Absolutely LOATHE everything they represent BTW) AND get handed Xaxi’s number 6 shirt I might add. They think he has what it takes to fill his boots, maybe we should to?