Former Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez says he ‘suffered so much’ during his time at the Emirates Stadium as a result of a persistent groin injury.
The Spaniard joined the Gunners on loan from Barcelona in January, but ended up making just six appearances in all competitions for the club.
Suarez was hoping to get regular football with the north Londoners having been way down the pecking order at the Nou Camp, but his hopes of that were quickly dashed as he struggled for fitness.
And Suarez has now revealed just how much he struggled in an interview with Goal.
Of his time at Arsenal, he said: “I made my debut against Manchester City but in our first away game I got injured. I thought I had ruptured my adductor because I could barely put weight on the leg or move it.
“The scan showed it was not ruptured, but rather that I had a huge build-up of fluid on my pelvic bone and from there I could not take a single step without feeling pain.
“I carried on training because I didn’t want to stop in my second week after arriving but I couldn’t do it because I was never at 100 per cent, not even 50. I couldn’t even take a shot at goal.
“It is more frustrating to not play because of injury. I suffered so much at Arsenal that it practically stopped me doing everyday things.”
TBR’s view – Suarez deserves some sympathy
It sounds as though Suarez endured an extremely frustrating time at Arsenal.
Fans are unable to see the whole picture when a player is injured, and Suarez probably got some unfair criticism during his short spell at the Emirates.
He wanted nothing more than to make an impact for his new team given his struggles at Barcelona, and for injury to rob him of a fair shot must have been rough going for the 25-year-old.
At least, he has seemingly turned a corner having played in every La Liga game for new club Celta Vigo so far in 2019/20.