As bad deals go, the loan deal for Barcelona misfit Denis Suarez is surely up there with the worst transfers of all time, most of which have been conducted by Arsenal football club.
The North Londoners have been regular victims in the transfer market over the years, having drafted in a succession of shortsighted, knock kneed, rubber legged, clog footed players.
Fans still recall the seemingly endless list of flops and failures, that arrived to relieve Arsenal of their cash for very little in return.
Most are still remembered for their overall ‘crapness’ to borrow a phrase from Nick Hornby’s Arsenal film classic, ‘Fever Pitch’
So, it’s no surprise then that the complex negotiations between Arsenal and the Catalan giants resulted in the Spanish club receiving £2.17m for the services of Denis Suarez with Arsenal meeting his weekly wage bill of £55,000-per-week.
Denis Suarez joined Arsenal from Barcelona on a loan deal in January—his season is over due to injury.
It was…something. pic.twitter.com/wGFznbwkof
— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 29, 2019
Suarez completed a full 90 minutes in the farcical whistle stop tour of UAE and made a few insignificant cameo appearances throughout the season before suffering a groin injury that prevented him playing any further part in the season.
I imagine, he injured himself laughing off a chair in a plush hotel room, after his agent told him how much money the Gunners had paid into his account for less than two hours of football.
Either that or he was tackled by the uncoordinated, numb nutted ginger German, who is unable to safely secure a ball without dislocating someone from a part of their body.
Anyway, reports suggests that Denis Suarez is apparently returning to Spain at the end of the season to spend considerable time on another bench.
The failure of Denis Suarez was predictable according to Spanish football expert and ESPN FC pundit Sid Lowe, who informed ‘The Express’ in February that the Spaniard wasn’t ‘a prolific scorer’ and that he probably wouldn’t top the charts for assists.
“I think Denis Suarez, when you watch him play, he’s a guy that will occasionally create something very, very nice out of not very much.”
“I think he’s more likely to have an impact as a technical, continuity player, than necessarily a player that raises the level of the entire team.”
Surely, Emery knew this already.
Denis may well be the new recipient of the ‘Kim Källström Blaggers Award’ for services never received. He could be the best player who never played, for more money than he was ever worth.
Let’s hope, Arsenal’s next dip into the transfer market is more meaningful and gives better value for money. Perhaps we can get three games out of the next player in an entire season.