I like Unai Emery, he has the potential to achieve great success at Arsenal. In his first season, he has proved to be adept at managing difficult situations and he has added a tactical nous that had been absent in the free flowing, do as you please, express yourself, Wenger years.
That’s not a dig at Wenger by the way, you can disagree if you like but I’m not entirely bothered.
He has however, caused a similar revolution to when the Frenchman breezed in to Highbury in 1996 and under similar circumstances. A team that is in need of a rebuild and a new direction with players that don’t necessarily fit the mould.
However, I have a problem. I’ve looked at the complicated Denis Suarez loan deal in depth and I concluded at the time, that Barcelona had inserted a clause for appearances to milk the teat of their asset to the maximum.
Arsenal were after all extremely keen, almost lactating, at the prospect of securing the Spaniards services with an option to buy and they parted with £2m for the pleasure.
Now, I’m not sure what the f**k is going on because it appears at present, Suarez is surplus to requirements no matter what.
I had considered that Emery already had a deal in place, which was concluded in the extensive negotiations with the Catalan giants. This is all guess work of course, because you are unlikely to get any information from the Emirates, unless you wrestle the postman to the floor and steal the mail or administer sodium Pentothal to the tea lady.
Arsenal played Newcastle on Monday evening and having seen some promise in the play between Suarez and the born again footballer, Mesut Ozil in the UAE, one could be forgiven for thinking that a premier league start was on the cards.
It wasn’t. Suarez took up position on the bench but then the unthinkable happened and Elneny came on or ‘Elninny’ as I unkindly refer to him.
I told my friend he must have made a mistake, he must have misheard.
He hadn’t, Elneny came onto the field in place of Ramsey and supporters all around me wondered what was going on.
To cut a long story short, I turned to my friend and said ‘ Suarez might as well pack his bags, if Elneny gets on the pitch ahead of him, he’s done at Arsenal !’
It was said in the heat of the moment but Mo Elneny is someone you call upon when all other options are exhausted.
He isn’t creative, he isn’t particularly defensive minded, he’s not exceptionally blessed with pace.
He isn’t an influential midfielder , nor is he a recognised winger and as a defensive midfielder he is no more than average.
Harsh ? Perhaps but tell me the last time this guy played exceptionally well for Arsenal and had a direct influence on a result. Never !
Suarez can be used wide, in the middle or just behind the strikers.
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He is a baller, he has creative energy, he has pace and can influence a game with his own play or by making an opportunity for others.
So why the hell was he on instead of Suarez ? I can hear some people saying that Ramsey went off, so it was a replacement for him, a like for like swap.
No it wasn’t because that implies the players are similar, which is like saying bacon is like steak.
I would rather have tried any other option that would allow Suarez on the pitch. Why couldn’t he replace Ozil in the middle instead of Mkhitaryan?
There are more questions than answers where Suarez is concerned. Is Emery considering off loading Mkhitaryan along with ‘ Elninny’ thus leaving a recognised starting place for the Spaniard.
I don’t know but if Suarez says his goodbyes in the summer and returns to Spain, it will have been a shocking waste of his time and a monumental waste of money.