Denis Suarez has returned to Barcelona to undergo treatment on the groin injury that has cut short his season and made his loan at Arsenal largely pointless.

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)

On Monday, Dennis Suarez took to social media to announce that his groin was f**ked and he wouldn’t be able to take part in the rest of the season.

Suarez arrived at Arsenal in January on loan because the club are skint and couldn’t afford to buy any players.

While it was initially claimed he would need time to get used to the physicality of the Premier League, his appearances were few and far between until he just vanished altogether.

In total, Suarez played just 95 minutes for the Gunners.

Compared to Kim Kallstrom, who arrived with a broken back and went on to become the yardstick for all future loans, the Spaniard performed poorly. The Swede played 135 minutes to Suarez’s 95 and, of course, scored a penalty against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final that helped Arsenal reach the final in 2014.

Suarez’s loan fee of €2.5m means that every minute he has played cost Arsenal £33,000 when you also factor in his wages. At £55kpw, he earned just £660k over for the 12-and-a-bit weeks he was at the club.

That means he cost Arsenal €33k a minute played.

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)
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  • 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 but reports over claim that 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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