Emery outlines where he plans to use Denis Suarez

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Emery outlines where he plans to use Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez arrived on loan from Barcelona yesterday, and is in contention to face his old club Man City on Sunday.

Exactly where Unai Emery is planning to use him is a question fans have been pondering, and today we got our answer: everywhere.

As the head coach continues to tinker with his tactics from game to game, it appears as if the 25 year old will fit into his side in the wide areas, and also behind the striker/strikers depending on the system or formation we’re using.

“He can play right, left and he can play inside like a 10 player,” said Emery. “I will use him in all positions. He played left winger for us with Sevilla, with Villarreal more right winger and with Barcelona more inside.

“He adapts quickly and he is a player with quality. He can help us with his quality but also his ambition to do something important.

“It’s a good challenge for him to help us, and he can speak English which is important.

“He played at Manchester City when he was a young player. He played with Barcelona, in the Champions league with important players.

“His adaptation will be easier with us.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll start on Sunday at the Etihad for what is a daunting encounter with Man City, but the Spaniard certainly sounds pleased with the arrival of his compatriot, and we should see him make his debut at some stage.

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Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Oh

Leno me, I’ll be your friend
Leno me, I’ll be your friend

…So we DID get a defender after all! Hurrah!

Welcome to Arsenal, Dennis, I hope you take after your namesake, either The Iceman or The Menace will do 👍

ramgooner
ramgooner

The Iceman prefix should keep him away from getting all bitey. Expecting some controlled aggression. Watched his clips and must say his playing style reflect’s Emery’s personality imo. Always tries something positive and slightly effervescent. I hope Emery adds calmness to his game.
I have high hopes for Suarez, Guendouzi, Torreira and Maitland Niles.

IamaGoober

Our right hand side has been massively calling out for some more creativity with Hector’s ongoing absences due to fitness issues this season. And with his latest injury putting him out for a while, I am not surprised we got Suarez in on loan.

Does it mean Liechtensteiner will be more of an option now at right back if we’re going with the back 4. In turn does that mean that we are looking to be go back to the 4231? With Alex on the other side?

Either way I hope this guy does well, and I’m praying he’s not another Mkhitaryan type player who offers a whole lot of nothing.

George
George

*Denis

Ric
Ric

Hope he’s as lively as Saint Denis

CincyArsenalFan
CincyArsenalFan

As long as he doesn’t catch the Lumbago!

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Just as long as he’s not like les Dennis I’ll be happy.

Sue

HAHAHA brilliant 👍

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

If he is I’ll give you the money meself

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

We will use him in RCB, sometimes LCB, RB, but not as LB, he can’t play LB. But not to worry, we can put Cech in goal and use Leno as LB, he is good with his feet.

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th

Fingers crossed he helps us kick start another long unbeaten run.

Santori
Santori

Might come in against City.

Iyk love
Iyk love

All I need against man city is a winning, I don’t wanna know how it will come but at the end let me see us stepping out with 3 points

Prakhar
Prakhar

He is absolutely adored by Barca fans. Who couldn’t for the life of them understand why new Valverde isn’t playing him, and giving game time to Gomes and Alena instead.

Alex
Alex

Uncle Unai will find a way to use him no matter what, we have no worry.

Santori
Santori

Definitely… this Suarez capture has Emery’s imprints all over it. He’s starting to push his weight with proceedings. Mslintat doesn’t like it and is pushing off.

Corona X
Corona X

“Uncle Unai”, uh-oh, I sense another Arseblog photoshop coming up..

Mpls
Mpls

Sounds like he’ll be used to keep Ozil out of the squad.

Mpls
Mpls

But seriously, I hope he can contribute on the right for us or switch up as needed with Iwobi. Glaring gap over there we’ve got nobody to fill, all the more noticeable without Hector to run the full sideline.

Santori
Santori

It’ll be on the right in a 4-2-3-1 so there is space for Ozil or Ramsey in the middle.

But both if likely leaving the club in the summer does mean Dennis will be auditioning as a potential replacement.

In a 3-4-3, there is less room for advance mids and Iwobi/Dennis may be choice although likely Ramsey, Mhkitaryan may also be mixed in in tandem with either.

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

I feel like Unai using Ozil against Cardiff and giving him the armband was just to show the board that Ozil can’t function in his plans. The fact that Ozil didn’t really have much of an impact on the game proved his point to the board.
When he brought off Ozil, I felt like he was sending a message, “see, I started with ur star man, and he didn’t play like someone on a 350k salary”

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

I did think. Then thought how fickle would that be. And if he truly did think that, how could the manager of a top club think that’s whlise risking 3 points when they were so crucial.
Keep your points to yourself if so Unai. If the board pressure a manager to play a player, come out and say it. I guarantee you the fans would take side with the right party.

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

Unai brought Ozil on to make a difference. If Ozil didn’t make a difference that’s not the manager’s fault.

martin
martin

Except he did.

clins
clins

A more sensible reason was that emery was just trying to rotate the squad. Iwobi xhaka ramsey got much needed rest. But since ozil is playing emery figured that the team would be a bit open in the midfield, and so the three defensive midfielders not to concede until the end of first half just . And iwobi, ramsey would came on in the second half and secure the win. I thought even though we conceded few chances the plan worked well against cardiff

martin
martin

In fact Ozil played well and worked very hard and certainly made an impact. Although Xhaka needed the rest, I am sure had he played he would have linked up with Ozil very well.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

tbh I don’t think Emery plays those kinds of games. Rather, I reckon he thought Cardiff at home was the perfect game for Ozil, where we’d have a lot of the ball and would be more focused on breaking down a stubborn defence than battling for the ball in midfield.

Santori
Santori

Multirole versus specialist.

As mentioned, had we say got a specialist in Carrasco out wide, we would have to bring at very least 2 players in.

With Dennis (prob also the reason why he was primary focus), we at least cover 2 or 3 roles.

The most important at the moment would be at right side providing width (being that we have Ozil, Ramsey still). I suspect we will rotate Iwobi, Dennis predominantly left and right but will also have Mhkiatrayn.

Then secondary concern would be deep midfield where we may also benefit from his ability to hold and dribble the ball with two feet (Pay no heed to stat merchants recently who want to convince you he lacks dribbling ability, they have their own axe to grind)

And next season should we likely lose Ozil after Ramsey departs, there will be function in the hole as an AM just behind the strikers (presumably Mhkitaryan will also be in contention and Smith-Rowe will develop for the role further)

BUT the main reason we have someone like Dennis is not necessarily positional on its own.

Rather the team lacks players who can engage players on one on one and pull defenses out of position. Arguably we have had this need on the right side for a while. We neglected to take the opportunity with Mahrez last January and the only player(s) with ability to take on opponents on the dribble at the moment is Iwobi (and possibly Lacazette)

This dribbling ability with two feet will also be very useful for us to hold the ball better in the middle and work it out through feet rather than have to risk passing out from deep.

Overall, this is a satisfying enough panic loan for the club with a player at 25yrs having plenty of upside, hungry and keen, coming into his best years.

Whether we bargained for a first look to buy at end of loan is another issue. I certaily hope we did bc if he does perform for us and summer hits, we will potentially find the summer more difficult with lots more choice for his signature (plus if we are out of CL, that’s an added obstacle for us)

Anyway, go Dennis.

Hope we can get him up to speed quickly. Certainly looks like the idea.

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

In case he gets by without getting injured. He just might turn out to be an excellent addition. As he offers top drawer experience and versatility in terms of positions on the pitch.

Santori
Santori

The main asset with Dennis is his quick feet, both of them. Shades of Santi Carzola (whom Wenger brought in for a steal considering and remember he was converted from a winger)

We lack players who can dribble and engage in one on ones.

Iwobi is the only one which is why most of the best stuff so far has been coming out from our left side.

Our right without Bellerin is in danger of being stale.

We lack a Rwinger and the ability falls off the cliff with Lichsteiner and Jenkinson.

That said, I was impressed with Laca recently playing from the right side (which is where he carved his goal on a run against Cardiff)

martin
martin

Jenkinson in fact is effective going forward and at least can cross a ball. By the way it’s Denis with one “n”

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

He looks like a mix between aaron ramsey and rob holding

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Funnily enough, it seems like he might be playing in both their positions too.

Pradeep Kachhala
Pradeep Kachhala

Let’s not forget how good he was as a youngster
It might be a classic case of a very good player who had been stifled at huge clubs where they don’t get a chance to develop – hopefully he is hungry and willing to put a shift in – let’s not forget he is playing for a permanent contract so will be motivated

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

He got off a plane and started training straight away so definitely seems motivated.

food for thought
food for thought

i think with suarez we can set up in a 433 tactic, with torreira at the base, suarez and guendouzi/ram in CM, with the 2 CMs taking turns to either run from deep into box, or carry the ball forward.
or we could have a 41212 with torreira at the base, guendouzi and suarez in CM and ozil/ iwobi in the hole supporting laca and auba.
i think playing both laca and auba centrally in recent games has helped both to flourish. we just need to make sure they each score a goal a game, and we dont concede 2-3.

Kamergunner
Kamergunner

I dream of a hybrid Dennis-Suarez without the biting.

Ramiz
Ramiz

There’s only one Denis Saurez