Barcelona announce Denis Suarez has joined Arsenal on loan – then delete statement

first_imgBarcelona announce Denis Suarez has joined Arsenal on loan – then delete statement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link435Shares Suarez could make his debut against Man City – who he previously played for (Picture: Getty)A statement confirmed the details of Suarez’s contract renewal and loan move, though Barca later pulled the article as Arsenal wait to announce the deal themselves.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners are believed to have paid a loan fee of around £2million for Suarez and have the option to purchase him outright over the next six months for a fee in the region of £18m.Suarez has played precious little football under Ernesto Valverde, making just two appearances in La Liga this season, and has been desperate to reunite with Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 25-year-old enjoyed his breakout season under the Arsenal boss during the 2014-15 campaign, winning the Europa League.Emery has already suggested that he sees Suarez as a winger, where he was predominantly used while on loan at Sevilla, though he has played significantly in central midfield since returning to Barca. The Gunners have the option to sign Suarez permanently if he impresses (Picture: Getty)Barcelona announced that Denis Suarez has moved to Arsenal on loan until the end of the season, though quickly deleted the statement from their website.Unai Emery has been restricted to only making loan signings this month, though Barca had been unwilling to let Suarez leave on a short-term deal unless a compulsory purchase option was included at the end of the loan – something Arsenal did not want to commit to.However, a workaround was found when Suarez agreed to extend his Barca contract until 2021, preserving his value should Arsenal elect not to sign him permanently. Advertisementcenter_img Suarez won the Europa League during his season on loan at Sevilla under Emery (Getty)Across all competitions, Suarez has made just two starts – both in the Copa del Rey – and accrued a total of only 257 minutes of first-team action.The lack of opportunities was why he was so reluctant to sign an extension, but he has been desperate to revive his career and could now be in contention to make Arsenal’s squad for Sunday’s huge clash against Premier League champions Manchester City – who he previously played for.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img