Ending as quietly as it began, Denis Suarez’s fruitless loan spell at Arsenal is over. The Spanish midfielder, on loan from Barcelona, announced the end of his season over social media, as athletes are wont to do these days. After a nagging groin injury kept him sidelined for the last month, Suarez announced that he would be unable to play again this season as he continues to seek treatment while thanking Arsenal for the opportunity and apologizing for not being able to do more for the Gunners.
The announcement is more salt in the wound that has been in the disastrous final month of Arsenal’s season. Although the expectations were never all that high for Suarez, his loan spell has been a microcosm of the second half of Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal - a frustrating waste of opportunity. After joining the Gunners at the end of January, Suarez failed to make an impact in training and managed to accumulate 67 minutes in the Premier League and 28 in the Europa League before suffering his season-ending injury against BATE Borisov.
While Suarez cannot be blamed for the way things transpired - I doubt he expected to get underutilized and injured - it calls into question the decision by Emery to so ardently seek out the midfielder during a winter transfer window where Arsenal could have (or should have) fortified their defense and attack. After pushing for the Spanish international to join the Gunners, the decision has backfired spectacularly, bringing more derision and criticism toward the Gunners and their new manager during an awful period where there is plenty to go around.
We at The Short Fuse wish Denis the best of luck. Although it didn’t turn out the way anyone expected, he deserves every chance for success, wherever that may be in the future.