Unai Emery says Denis Suarez has already shown signs of progress during his first week at Arsenal and will prove his worth in coming matches.
The Spaniard, who made only nine appearances for Barcelona this season before sealing his loan to the Emirates, made his debut against former club Manchester City on Sunday, coming on for 24 minutes as the Blues coasted to a 3-1 win.
While it would be churlish to judge a player on such a short cameo, it’s fair to say Denis looked a tad rusty as the Blues ran rings around us. Having worked with the player for a season at Sevilla, Emery isn’t worried about the player getting up to speed.
“The first day last week was adaption to us and also with 25 minutes against Manchester City,” he told Thursday’s pre-Huddersfield press conference.
“But already from the first day with us, he was already with good performance, but this week he worked Monday with our coaches and also yesterday.
“Today he is working with different adaptation and better than last week. I hope he will continue, he is improving every day with us.
“Then I hope he can show in the next matches how he can help us better than in the first match against Manchester City.”
Emery also confirmed that there’s a chance Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could make the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium.
“He [Ainsley] stopped for 10 days but physically I think he is okay. He was working with us well today and if tomorrow he is continuing with a good feeling, he can also be with us on Saturday,” confirmed Emery.
On Micki, he added: “We thought last week that with two training sessions after six weeks being injured, it was not enough to play against Manchester City. But after this week, playing with the under-23s and working with us, I think it is the first time I can think about him being with us.”