The Spain international has still not started a single match since linking up with Unai Emery’s side at the end of the January transfer window
Denis Suarez’s January move to Arsenal has not turned out as expected.
It was always something of a surprise the Gunners opted to sign another creative attacking midfielder given their squad already includes the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, but clearly, Unai Emery, the manager, thought highly of a player he worked with while in charge of Sevilla.
By Billy Hawkins
Arsenal agreed on a deal with Barcelona to sign Suarez on loan for the remainder of the season, with the north London club able to sign him permanently this summer.
Given how Suarez’s spell at the Emirates has gone, Arsenal is reportedly unwilling to trigger the buy option for the Spain international.
But even without signing Suarez permanently, Arsenal will have splashed some serious cash on him by the time his loan deal in north London comes to an end.
According to The Times, Arsenal spent a loan fee of £2.17million to sign Suarez, and are also paying the player around £55,000-per-week.
This means he has so far cost the club £2.67million – or £28,105 per minute played!
Suarez has still not started a single match for Arsenal – aside from a friendly against Al-Nasr in Dubai – with all six of his appearances for the Gunners coming from the bench.
He hasn’t even made it off the bench in five of the 11 fixtures in which he has been selected by Emery.
In total, Suarez has played 28 minutes of Europa League football and 67 minutes of Premier League football since joining Arsenal – coming in at a lowly 95 minutes play time across all competitions.
Given Arsenal are in a fierce fight to finish inside the top four, it’s unlikely Emery will risk playing Suarez throughout the final weeks of the season as he has shown little to suggest he is ready for Premier League football.
Incredibly, it is quite realistic that Suarez will get sent back to Barcelona at the end of the season has not started a single match for his loan club, raising the question again of just why Arsenal decided to sign him earlier this year.
(This story originally appeared on talkSPORT)