Denis Suarez’s loan from Barcelona has cost Arsenal €33,000 per minute played since he arrived in January.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Denis Suarez of Arsenal battles for possession with Luke Shaw of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Denis Suarez of Arsenal battles for possession with Luke Shaw of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

There was a reasonable amount of excitement when Denis Suarez arrived at Arsenal from Barcelona but that has given way to apathy – if fans even think of him it all.

Since he arrived, he has played just 67 minutes in the Premier League and 28 in the Europa League.

That means, when you factor in the €2.5m Arsenal are paying for his loan fee and the €600,000 he’s received in wages, he’s cost Arsenal €33k a minute.

Denis Suarez’s minutes:

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Denis Suárez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith's Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Denis Suárez of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal FC at John Smith’s Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
  • v Bate Borisov (a) 16
  • v Bate Borisov (h) 12
  • v Manchester City (a) 24
  • v Huddersfield (a) 14
  • v Bournemouth (h) 19
  • v Manchester United (h) 10

Arsenal have the option of buying Suarez for €20m at the end of his loan spell but reports over recent weeks claim this won’t be happening.

It’s not hard to understand why.

To date, Suarez’s best performance in an Arsenal shirt came in the friendly against Al Nasr during the recent international break.

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