The January chatter about transfers has well and truly begun, and with Arsenal in need of some reinforcements this month, we’re being linked across various media with a short-term loan move for Denis Suarez.
The Barcelona midfielder is a player well known by Unai Emery, he had him on loan for the 2014-15 season at Sevilla during which they won the Europa League. Suarez remained on the bench for the final as the Spanish side beat Dnipro 3-2 in the final, but played 46 games for the now Arsenal boss during that campaign.
At 24 he’s been around the block a bit, spending two years at Man City before joining Barcelona B. They sold him to Villarreal where he spent one season before the Catalans exercised a buy-back clause and brought him back to the Camp Nou.
Last season he made 18 La Liga appearances, scoring two goals and making two assists, but is out of favour this year with just two substitute appearances to his name.
He can play centrally, or wider on the left, which would make him an option for Emery who is coping without Danny Welbeck and lacks options in a front three, but there would have to be question marks about what kind of an impact he’d have given his lack of playing time this season.
We’re a bit dubious on this one, although the vague unsuitability of it makes us feel like it could happen, and of course there is the Barcelona connection at the top of the club with Raul Sanllehi as our Head of Football, so we’re giving this one a 5 on the Poo-o-Meter.