Arsenal’s Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez has confirmed that a groin injury will mean that he will not play again for the Gunners this season. It will also most probably mean that the midfielder will not play for Arsenal again.
Struggled to make an impact at Arsenal
Suarez has struggled to make an impact in north London since a January loan switch from Barcelona. Reportedly the Spaniard has cost the Gunners £3.2million in wages and signing-on fee, yet never started for the club. In fact, he has made just over an hour’s worth of football in the Premier League for Arsenal.
The groin injury that has ruled him out for the remainder of the season may be the reason why the 25-year-old has failed to live up to expectations. He may not have been suited to the English game, but the injury may have also impacted his performances.
Looked to be a good signing
I have to admit that I, like many, believed that Suarez would be a good signing for the Gunners. He failed to shine at Barcelona, but the competition for places and standards are crazy in the Catalan capital. There is no shame in failing to make it at one of the world’s biggest clubs.
However, the midfielder showed real promise at Villarreal and Sevilla. His performances were enough to persuade Barcelona to re-sign the playmaker, who had previously had a spell with Barcelona B after joining from Manchester City.
It looked he could be a good potential replacement for the out-going Aaron Ramsey this summer. However, it seems that Suarez was just not able to live up to expectations in north London. Whether he would have been a success if he was not carrying an injury we will never know. It is just a good job the Gunners could only sign him on loan in January.
Arsenal still need a replacement for Ramsey
It seems highly unlikely that Arsenal are going to re-sign Suarez in the summer, on a loan or permanent deal. However, the Gunners will still need to replace Ramsey, which will not be easy. The fact that the Wales international will leave for no fee makes it even harder to take.
One thing is for sure, Suarez is not the Aaron Ramsey replacement. The Spaniard has failed to live up to expectations at two big clubs. Where his future lies unclear. It doesn’t seem to be Arsenal though.
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