Unai Emery is keen to add the Spanish sensation to his ranks before the end of the January transfer window
Unai Emery is working on a deal to sign Barcelona’s Denis Suarez during this month’s transfer window, it is being reported.
The Arsenal boss worked with the attacking midfielder during his time in charge of Sevilla and is keen for a reunion, with a deal claimed to be ‘close’.
After the FA Cup victory over Blackpool on Saturday night, the Spaniard revealed he wanted to strengthen the wing positions at the Emirates.
Naturally a central midfielder, it left many wondering as to what this would mean for Suarez – or if Emery was talking about the 25-year-old at all.
Having made just two LaLiga appearances all season, it seems unlikely that Suarez will baulk at the opportunity to play regularly.
But just how could he fit in at the Emirates? Here, talkSPORT.com examines some of the many possibilities available to Arsenal.
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The Orthodox (4-2-3-1)
With Aaron Ramsey seemingly set for Juventus and Mesut Ozil slipping further and further down in Emery’s estimation, deploying Suarez through the middle makes sense.
Having briefly experienced English football during his early days at Manchester City, the Spain international will be keen to prove he can cut it in the Premier League in his preferred position.
However, the problems in this formation lie out wide as Emery will still feel he is light on the flanks.
Deploying Lacazette or Aubameyang out wide would negate their attacking prowess somewhat.
The Classic (4-4-2)
As mentioned previously, Arsenal need to invest in their attacking options out wide in 2019.
While the Barca star is not a natural winger, he has played on the flanks – under Emery no less.
“He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me,” said the Arsenal boss after the FA Cup win.
With Alex Iwobi looking rejuvenated on the left-hand side, Suarez could be tasked with cutting inside and creating form the opposite flank.
The Wildcard (3-4-2-1)
If Emery cannot get a winger this window, he could use a formation which guarantees width from wing-backs.
Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are naturally attack-minded full-backs, so pushing them further up the pitch would be an inspired move.
Similarly, central midfield has looked much more solid since Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira began to work together.
With Suarez drifting into space and sliding through balls into the front two, Arsenal could be unstoppable.