Desperate for new players in January, Arsenal were faced with the complicated task of finding the right men for the jobs while remaining cost effective, prioritising loans with views to buy over permanent deal.
Eventually landing Denis Suarez, the Gunners and Unai Emery seemed happy with the acquisition, one that can be made permanent in the summer for around €20m if they so wish.
As of yet, the Spanish manager hasn’t fully trusted his compatriot, playing him for just 66 minutes in all competitions so far, spread over four substitute appearances.
This could be seen as a worrying scenario for Barcelona, who are counting on that €20m landing in their bank account in the summer, keen to bolster their team with a new striker and a new left-back.
However, Marca in Spain say that isn’t the case, explaining the Catalan side still believe Arsenal will trigger the release clause and the lack of game time is merely Emery being careful, letting his new signing adapt to his new environment before trusting him more.
Furthermore, Suarez doesn’t want to return to the Nou Camp, aware he doesn’t fit in Ernesto Valverde’s plans.
Arsenal fans might want to see a bit more of the versatile midfielder before they go along with their club’s wishes to make the deal permanent, but fans’ desires are seldom listened to these days.