The first transfer signing by Arsenal Football Club in the current January window has not been completed yet but judging by the strength of the reports in the football media this weekend it does seem to be very much on the cards. The player in question is the current Barcelona player Denis Suarez and the fact that he is currently playing for one of the top clubs in Europe would generally make me excited about getting him.
However, I have some concerns, not least the fact that he is not really playing for the Catalan club much at the moment. Just two appearances for Barca in the league so far does not really inspire confidence and I have a feeling that this transfer is being made to help our under pressure manager than actually give the squad a boost and increase our chances of success on the field.
I may be a little harsh but when I read the Metro report about the possible move, it struck me that Unai Emery and the player’s relationship seemed more important than the actual footballing ability of Suarez.
The 25-year old was full of praise for Emery after he played under him for a season with Sevilla, stating, ‘He is one of the best coaches around. He really gets the best out of us.
‘He considers each and every one of his players and always puts those who are in the best possible shape in his starting line-up.
‘I have been playing for him for a year and I am really happy.
‘He always talks to you, both in good moments – to prevent you being distracted – and bad, to help you recover. The way he treats players is exceptional.’
I am not sure that Mesut Ozil would agree with that, and maybe Emery is looking for some moral support in the dressing room. It seems a little odd that after talking about Arsenal needing a wide player he should sign a central midfielder, especially when we are already quite well equipped in that area, don’t you think Gooners?