In recent weeks there have been a number of articles – from sources of varying degrees of trustworthiness – about the future of Denis Suarez at Arsenal.
It’s a curious thing that a player we loaned at the end of January is already the subject of that kind of speculation, but such is the world we live in.
What is for sure is that the Barcelona man hasn’t really figured a great deal since his arrival. He has yet to start a game, featuring for just 95 minutes of the 900 minutes Arsenal have played, and at his press conference today Unai Emery wasn’t providing any guarantees the situation would change.
The Spaniard admitted it was normal for his compatriot to take some time to settle in England (even though he spent two seasons at Man City), but wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not he’d feature more in the weeks ahead.
Asked if Suarez was doing well, the boss replied, “I think yes. I think he is okay for starting in the first 11 or for giving us this impact after.
“But I think now, our focus is collectively very strongly focused on helping in 90 minutes, or 50 minutes, or one minute.
“We are going to need every player for the next matches. We have a lot of players ready and with a big mentality and a big performance for playing and helping us.
“For me, like that, we can be stronger, more competitive for taking big performances. With Denis, or with another.”
The simple fact that we have eight games in the month of April will mean Emery has to rotate, and that should give the 25 year old a chance sooner or later, but we’ll have to wait and see exactly what kind of impact he can have.
Let’s hope he can make a positive contribution at some point.