As one of my colleagues wrote earlier, Arsenal are reportedly close to completing the £14million signing of Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez. The Spaniard has struggled for first-team minutes in the Catalan capital.
No shame in failing to make it at Barcelona
Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs to world football, both in profile and their success on the pitch. Along with Spanish rivals Real Madrid, they are a step ahead of the big clubs in other countries.
As such, they tend to sign whatever player want. A case in point was the Catalan giants signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, despite the Reds resisting their overtures for a short while.
The Blaugrana’s ability to sign players means the quality is always very high. Many players for whatever reason do not quite live up to the standard required at the Nou Camp.
However, it is not an indictment of a player’s ability, a failed stint at Barcelona. It just means they are not ready or in the right place in their career to play for such a big club.
Suarez may well develop elsewhere
Even the most diehard Arsenal fan could not argue that Arsenal are at the same level as Barcelona at this moment in time. I mean they could, but it would be a fruitless argument.
The Gunners austerity policy when it comes to spending money means they have to try to sign players and then develop them. They have to polish the gems and Suarez is a potential gem. Suarez is a technically skilful, highly intelligent player who is the sort of player who has flourished in the Arsenal teams of the recent past. At £14million, he would also not cost the world by modern standards of fees.
A decent replacement for Aaron Ramsey
Suarez would be a decent replacement for the departing Aaron Ramsey. Media reports suggest that the Welsh midfielder is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with Italian giants Juventus. One thing that seems certain is that Ramsey will leave the club this summer, to Turin or elsewhere.
Denis Suarez is versatile and has worked with Arsenal boss Unai Emery in the past, so that means he will not need any introduction to his working methods. He has also previously spent time in England at Manchester City in the early years of his career, which should help him settle in England.
For me, signing Suarez for a fee of £14million represents a great deal for Arsenal. He could turn out to be a highly shrewd signing indeed.
Would Denis Suarez be a good signing for Arsenal?