Celta Vigo look to natives for stronger season

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Celta Vigo are look for home comforts as they aim to improve on a nightmare campaign which almost culminated in their relegation from La Liga. It was the heroics of captain and star forward Iago Aspas which saved the Galician club from the drop – with the sum of their parts falling fall below their output as a team.

Celta have already completed the signing of midfielder Denis Suarez from Barcelona – eight years after he initially left the club – in a deal worth up to €16m after add-ons have been included. Os Celestes now have their eyes set on another Vigo-native who is on the market – Valencia forward Santi Mina. Continue reading

Denis Suarez hits back at critics

Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez has played just 91 minutes of football out of a possible 900 since joining Arsenal on loan from Barcelona. The most time he’s played in one match was 25 minutes on his debut against Manchester City and there have been four times where he hasn’t come off the bench at all.

Having not started a single match, many tongues in the English media began wagging. The suggestion from some was that Suarez wasn’t impressing manager Unai Emery in training, which was the supposed reason behind his lack of time on the pitch.

However, the Spaniard recently hit back at those suggestions on his Instagram story, saying: “Don’t talk about my workouts if you have no idea”. This isn’t the first time he’s publicly condemned talk of his shortcomings. When rumours arose that Arsenal wanted to send him back to Barcelona, he responded, again through his Instagram story: “Let them keep talking” with a shushing emoji.

That he has been so vocal and ready to fight for his place in the Arsenal team should be an encouraging sign for the Gunners faithful. With eight matches coming up in April, Emery will need to rotate his squad to keep them fresh if he is to battle on all fronts. This means that Suarez is likely to be needed. Having him fired up should help him to give his best when he is called upon.

This is already a man with a point to prove. He had impressed while at Barcelona and was supposedly a player who would represent the Catalonian giants for years to come. However, he was unable to get into the team and was sold to Villareal with a buy back clause. Having impressed in yellow, Barcelona activated that clause. He was unable to force his way into the team though, which brought along his loan to Arsenal.

With Suarez now 25-years-old he will need to prove himself in the next few years if he is to make it at the top level. This puts the importance of his loan move to Arsenal into context; if he is able to succeed in North London then this could be the springboard for him to reach the levels expected of him during the early stages of his career.

If he is unable to get into the team, this will surely be seen as a signal of his career stalling. Of course, even if his time in red and white doesn’t turn out to be a success there will be time for him to get back on track. However, having been so close to reaching the top he won’t want to take another step back.

His first chance to claim a place in the Gunners’ starting line up will come on Tuesday in a friendly against Al Nasr. Following that, Arsenal’s first competitive game back following the international break will come against Newcastle United on Monday 1st April. Having ensured his voice would be heard off the pitch, Suarez will be hoping he’ll get the chance to make his mark on it.


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Why did Arsenal sign Denis Suarez?

Arsenal’s hands were tied in the January transfer window. With the Gunners’ season on the brink of falling away, they really could have used some mid-season reinforcements. Instead, Unai Emery was restricted to loan additions only and so Denis Suarez was the club’s only January addition, joining Arsenal from Barcelona until the end of the season.

Suarez had struggled for game time at Barca this season, but the midfielder looked to be a good fit for the Gunners, despite the short term nature of his move to North London. Two months later, though, and the Spaniard has only made a handful of appearances for Arsenal.

Denis Suarez

Indeed, Suarez has made only six appearances for the Gunners since joining from Barcelona. He has yet to be given a single start. So this begs the question – why did Arsenal sign Suarez in the first place? Was he just a signing for the sake of a signing? Will he return to Barcelona in the summer without even being given a chance to show what he is all about?

“Denis is improving every day and his quality can give us a lot,” explained Emery in a recent interview. “He cannot play 90 minutes because he needs rhythm. One possibility is he starts and knows that [he would come off] or he comes off the bench. He is getting to know us. His adaptation needs time.”

The thing is, Arsenal don’t have time to get the best out of Suarez. They only have him until the end of the season and as things stand there is not enough evidence to suggest the Gunners should make a permanent move for the 25-year-old at the end of the season. The whole thing, right now, looks like a waste of time.

Suarez fits the profile of the sort of player Arsenal are looking for. He is energetic, provides drive, but is good with the ball at his feet. At 25, he is still relatively young and so he holds some sell-on value. But Arsenal were not able to secure Suarez on a permanent deal in January, so what’s the point of having such a player on the bench?

On whether Suarez could move to the Emirates Stadium this summer, Emery recently said: “For me so far, each match and each week can change a lot. We are every match doing a test. We are very demanding to work hard, be focused and show everyone we can improve and be better every day. Summer is very far away.” How many tests are taking place with Suarez on the bench, though?

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Barcelona perform U-Turn on Denis Suarez to Arsenal

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La Liga leaders Barcelona have reopened the door on Denis Suarez’s loan move to move to Arsenal, after the transfer had looked to be dead in the water just last week.

Rumours of disagreements over the specific terms of the deal, primarily Arsenal’s unwillingness to agree on a compulsory purchase clause on the midfielder at the end of the season, had looked to have killed off the move.

However the Catalan side have now given Suarez the green light to make the move to the Premier League.

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Denis Suarez switch to Arsenal cancelled as talks fail

Denis Suarez

Denis Suarez looks to be remaining as a Barcelona player for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign, after a loan move to Arsenal broke down.

Midfielder Suarez has been linked with a switch to Unai Emery’s Gunners since last summer, and the two clubs appeared to be closing in on a deal earlier this month.

However according to media reports in Spain and in the UK, the deal has fallen apart due to differing expectations on the transfer, between the two clubs.

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Denis Suarez exit from Barcelona long overdue

Denis Suarez

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez  looks set to leave the Camp Nou in January with a number of reports linking him with a move to the English Premier League. Arsenal are the club most prominently linked to the 24-year-old, while London rivals Chelsea are among the other sides linked.

The midfielder, formerly of Sevilla and Villarreal, moved to the Camp Nou from Manchester City in 2013 but has seen first-team football at the Blaugrana extremely limited. The 25-year-old has played just 17 minutes of La Liga action this campaign and badly need a move if he is to earn any first-team football. Continue reading

Three players who could leave Barcelona in January

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There are just another few weeks remaining until the transfer window is open for business once again.

Noises have already been made from various players and clubs, some more subtle than others it must be said.

Most of the spadework on deals will have been done prior to January 1, 2019, with the nuts and bolts of any switch to be ironed out in good time after that date. Continue reading