Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten streak came to an end at the weekend at the hands of Southampton.
Despite making an excellent start to life under Unai Emery, the Gunners have been guilty of slow starts in the Premier League this season and fell behind with Danny Ings scoring his first Premier League goal since 2015. Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised before Ings found the back of the net again before half-time. A deflected effort from Mkhitaryan looked to have rescued a point for the Gunners, but an error from Bernd Leno allowed Charlie Austin to tap in the last-gasp winner for Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Following Chelsea’s win over Brighton, the result leaves Arsenal three points adrift of the Premier League top four. The January transfer window is just around the corner and Emery will be tempted to add to his squad to boost his chances of returning to the Champions League. Allowing a number of fringe players to leave could free up some valuable transfer funds.
One man who should be on his list of targets is Barcelona outcast – Denis Suarez. Valued at just £13.5m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard graduated through the youth academy at Celta Vigo before moving to Manchester City in 2011. After impressing for the Citizens, he was snapped up by Barcelona for over £1m in 2013 before joining the senior squad in 2013. Suarez is no stranger to Emery having worked with the manager during a loan spell with Sevilla. Despite his immense talent, the 24-year-old finds himself on the fringes at the Nou Camp, playing just 41 minutes of football in all competitions this season.
The former Spain international possesses excellent dribbling ability and the vision to crave open Premier League defences. Although more known for his creativity, Suarez also loves to track back and help out his team defensively. After enjoying arguably the best spell of his career under Emery, a move to the Emirates could be just what he needs to rediscover his best form.
With Aaron Ramsey leaving, Suarez could be the ideal replacement.
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