The expected impact from loanee Denis Suarez will not happen, after it was revealed by the player himself that he will return to parent club Barcelona with a persistent groin complaint.
The midfielder has made a grand total of just 95 minutes from Europa League and Premier League games in his time at the club since joining on loan in January, with a view to a possible permanent deal.
That deal will most likely rule out any move to sign Suarez, and his injury has left the loan deal looking like one of the worst decisions in the Unai Emery era. Some will point to the injury, but even before Suarez was ruled out and fully fit, he was not chosen for participation.
Where does Suarez’ loan reside in the pantheon of terrible loan deals? Was it the worst as some say? Here’s some other temporary signings that definitely warrant a mention in the same breath:
The Italian goalkeeper made a grand total of ZERO appearances for the Gunners in the season 2013-14, and his loan was simply made for goalkeeping cover purposes. We had both Lukasz Fabianski and Wojicech Szczsesny in goal and they both shared glove duties. Viviano warmed the bench, but did make a reserve appearance, conceding five in the process.
The Brazilian was a makeweight in the initial move to sell Jose Antonio Reyes to Real Madrid. The Beast came with a big reputation, but scored just three league goals in 24. The only high point was his four goals versus Liverpool in the Carling Cup. If it weren’t for this haul, Baptista would be completely anonymous in a Gunners shirt.
The Swedish midfielder has gone on to become a bit of a cult player for Arsenal. Kjallstrom came with a hell of a pedigree when he arrived in the January of 2014 from Spartak Moscow. A dead-ball specialist, a real goal threat and plenty of top-flight experience made his loan one that whetted the appetite. Trouble is, Kjallstrom arrived with a broken back, and had to wait a minimum of 6 weeks to kick a ball!
The Swede went on to make a telling contribution though, his penalty was the one that saw us through to the FA Cup Final of 2014, and eventually we ended our nine year wait for a trophy. Four appearances in total, but never let us down.
So who is the worst? Does Suarez take the crown? Does Viviano have the edge?
Let us know what you think!