Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Denis Suarez a year before they eventually brought him in on loan, according to reports.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Denis Suarez of Arsenal sits on the bench alongside Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Denis Suarez of Arsenal sits on the bench alongside Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2019, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Football.London claim Arsenal, Brighton and Southampton were all given the chance to sign Denis Suarez on loan in January 2018, but they all turned the midfielder down. They reportedly had doubts over the impact he could have in the Premier League, particularly on such a short loan.

A year later, Arsenal decided to complete that exact same loan deal they’d previously turned down. In fairness, the situation was different, with the team suffering a number of injuries and having made a few sales since the previous January. Nonetheless, it clearly didn’t work out for Suarez or the Gunners.

The Spaniard only made six substitute appearances before suffering an injury that kept him out for the remainder of the season. He’s now back with Barcelona recovering from that problem.

Arsenal spent £2m on a loan fee that they won’t get back, though it’s harsh to blame them for an unforeseeable injury. It’s not as if Suarez was particularly injury prone in the past. Let’s hope they do some better summer business.

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