Would Denis Suarez Better Suit Arsenal Or Chelsea?4 min read
Still only 25 years of age, Denis Suarez has already been around the footballing block a few times, and therefore speculation linking him with both Arsenal and Chelsea won’t faze him.
In fact, it will be a positive blessing for the midfielder, given that he’s been largely overlooked by Ernesto Valverde in this campaign.
During the 2018/19 league season, he’s featured in just 17 minutes of action, with another 47 minutes across the Copa del Rey and Champions League competitions.
An hour and four minutes on the pitch in over half a season is a pathetic return and will go some way to justifying yet another move.
Where To Next For Suarez?
Chelsea are alleged to be interested, as they were when the player signed for Manchester City back in 2011, whilst Unai Emery is understood to want to work with Suarez again, after their successful relationship at Sevilla.
Stylistically, he’s more suited to the Gunners than the Blues. Though Maurizio Sarri is trying to introduce a different style of play over at Stamford Bridge, there’s still an over-reliance on the physical aspects of the game.
Suarez can certainly hold his own but will enjoy the way in which Emery gets his Arsenal teams to keep possession. There’s an almost balletic quality to it at times.
His role isn’t likely to change too much whether he’s employed in north or west London either.
With Cesc Fabregas having departed, there’s an obvious need for a ball-playing midfielder that can thread a pass, and even in the very short space of time Barca have afforded him, Suarez has shown his aptitude in that regard.
He’ll have to go some to match his contemporary, but if he’s given the opportunity, he rarely disappoints.
What Does Suarez Offer?
Tenacious and always looking to move forward, he brings an energy that’s infectious and rubs off on those around him.
Importantly, he doesn’t hide, and he enjoys the responsibility of always being available and looking for the ball. Give him the ball and if there’s space to play into, he’ll find it.
A refinement of certain aspects is to be expected because of his lack of top-flight action this season, but he’s a good listener and fast learner, and it won’t take long for the Galician to get up to speed.
A reasonable threat from dead ball situations, he’s an option for either side in that regard too, but if Chelsea are looking for someone with aerial strength to complement his other abilities, Suarez isn’t that man.
He can be a supplementary attacking presence when needed, but only if the ball is kept on the dance floor.
It’s for that reason that he could be better suited to Arsenal, but if they continue to stall on a permanent deal, Chelsea will grab themselves a studious and diligent player who’ll serve them well.