Arsenal fans probably didn’t expect Unai Emery to be particularly busy in January, especially in comparison to Arsene Wenger this time last year.
In fact, rather than attempting to match the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Gunners boss admitted the chances of striking any permanent deals were virtually nil.
He did, however, talk up the possibility of loans.
Fast forward three weeks and Arsenal do have a new name on the books for the rest of the season - Denis Suarez.
The 25-year-old joined from Barcelona on deadline day as a part of a move which includes an option for a permanent switch in the summer.
Suarez - who worked with Emery during their respective stints at Sevilla - had made just eight appearances for the La Liga champions this term.
His arrival perhaps came as somewhat of a surprise given a wide player was thought to be the Gunners’ top priority in January.
However, Suarez certainly has the approval of Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the former striker claimed there’s plenty to like about the creative midfielder, not least with Mesut Ozil out of favour at present.
“What I like about Suarez is he’s a capable and very good player. Unai knows him very well from their time at Sevilla and they won the Europa League together which is a good thing.
“I know he’s not played a lot for Barcelona, but he’s a player that the manager wants. When a manager wants you, that kind of gives you a lot of confidence.
“It’s what he wants, so you’re hoping that him playing in midfield, and he can play on the wing, diminutive, good skills, you’re hoping that he can come and make a difference in respect of creativity for us.
“Because that’s what we need. Because at the moment you feel if you can keep [Alexandre] Lacazette or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang quiet, then I’m not sure where our goals are coming from.”
Suarez could make his debut when Arsenal travel to Manchester City on Sunday - a fixture from which Wright believes his old side could yield three points.
“If we can get a point at City, I think that will be brilliant. And hopefully shock people by ending in the top four at the end of the season.
“I’m going to go for a draw because that’s what I want.”
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