French football journalist Julien Laurens thinks Arsenal won’t sign Denis Suarez on a permanent deal, and he’s urged the club to spend money as carefully as last summer.
Speaking on Premier League Today, Julien Laurens said he doesn’t blame Arsenal and Unai Emery for signing Denis Suarez on loan. However, given the Spaniard can’t break into the Gunners’ starting eleven, Laurens thinks they should let the 25-year-old go back to Barcelona and spend the money elsewhere.
“Yeah I think so [the money can be spent elsewhere],” Laurens said (via Mirror). “It hasn’t really worked out for Suarez. It is nothing Emery could have guessed before, anyone else at the club, not even Suarez. On paper he looked like a good signing, it’s a loan, let’s see what he can do in England.
“It turns out even at training maybe Emery has seen that he was not good enough to give him more game time. So I think this one obviously is not going to go any further.”
It’s worth noting that this sounds like Laurens is speculating, rather than having any inside knowledge about the situation. The Mirror have reported the quotes as if the Frenchman knows what’s going on behind the scenes on the training ground, but nothing the journalist says suggests that’s the case.
It’s true that Suarez hasn’t been able to earn any starts with Arsenal so far though, whatever the reason for that is. Laurens thinks that with the limited budget the club have, they need to spend carefully this summer, as they did in 2018.
“They won’t have much money to spend in the summer, I think they will have a bit of money to spend, but not hundreds of millions,” he continued. “So they will have to be very careful where they spend it.
“If they do like last summer, where you look at [Bernd] Leno, Sokratis [Papastathopoulos], [Matteo] Guendouzi and [Lucas] Torreira, that was money very well spent. They will have to do that again this summer with the budget they will have to improve the squad.”
That quartet of players have all been successful purchases so far. Leno and Sokratis have improved the first team, even if it took them a bit of time to adapt. Torreira and Guendouzi have also had plenty of good moments and look like staying with the club for the long term.
Stephan Lichtsteiner hasn’t been so impressive. Still, given he joined on a free transfer and an initial one-year deal, it’s far from the club’s worst mistake in the transfer market. Let’s hope for more spending like the above in the next few months.