Arsenal close in on Barcelona midfielder: A masterstroke by Emery

Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, it has been claimed by Sky Sports.

Suarez played previously under current Arsenal boss Unai Emery at Sevilla and there is a chance of a reunion at the Emirates.

Denis Suarez: Player Profile

Suarez played his youth football for Celta de Vigo before signing for Manchester City back in the summer of 2011. However, he was lured by Barcelona before he could make his debut for Manchester City.

The midfielder spent a season on loan with Sevilla and in the summer transfer window of 2015, before moving to Villarreal.

However, Barcelona had inserted a buy-back clause before letting him, which they exercised a year later to sign him back from Villarreal.

Suarez hasn’t been able to make the first team on a regular basis under Ernesto Valverde who has preferred the likes of Arturo Vida, Ivan Rakitic and Arthur.

So far this season, Suarez has been handed merely 17 minutes of playing time in La Liga and his days at Camp Nou seem numbered.

Arsenal’s situation and why Suarez would be a smashing signing

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table and have collected 41 points from 21 games so far this season.

While the performances of most of their defenders have been below par, the Gunners have lacked a cutting edge in terms of creativity against top sides on most of the occasions.

Despite the quality additions in the summer, Arsenal certainly need more reinforcements this month to beef up their squad.

The race for the top four is heating up, and Emery’s side need a quality attacking midfielder to ensure they are at least more attack-heavy than they were in the first half of the season.

Arsenal are also set to lose midfielder Aaron Ramsey at the end of the season and it isn’t surprising to see the north London based outfit targeting Suarez.

The Spaniard is seen as the potential replacement for Ramsey owing to his creative prowess and vision in the midfield.

Suarez’s quality in possession and his excellent passing range would be good additions to Arsenal and considering Emery has already worked with him, the Spaniard might not take long to adapt to the style.

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