When Arsenal snapped up Barcelona playmaker Denis Suarez in January last year it looked like something of a coup. Unai Emery really pushed for the move. The pair worked together during Sevilla’s Europa League winning 2014-15 campaign and Arsenal’s former boss was clearly happy to bring him in, as he told The Independent.
“We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us. He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla. He brings us quality and options in many different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”
The deal was a loan until the end of the season then, in the summer, Arsenal were set to have the option to buy him permanently. According to The London Evening Standard, the total cost of the operation would be around £20 million.
The idea was that Suarez would fill the hole left by Aaron Ramsey, who was putting the finishing touches on his summer Bosman to Italian champions Juventus.
However, Suarez never arrived. As early as March, The Sun was reporting that Emery had decided not to sign his January recruit permanently, deciding he was not cut out physically for Premier League football.
So has the Spaniard proven Arsenal wrong in their decision not to snap him up?
Suarez eventually found a new club this summer. He joined Celta Vigo in a deal reportedly (Goal) worth just £12 million. It looked like a potential bargain.
However, Suarez has provided minimal impact with his new club. Just one goal and three assists so far this season which had been disrupted by ankle injuries before the enforced postponement of La Liga.
With Celta in a relegation battle and Suarez struggling to help, Arsenal will not be losing any sleep over not activating this permanent deal.