Arsene Wenger passed up on chance to sign Barcelona midfielder

Arsenal turned down the chance to sign Denis Suarez a year before the Barcelona midfielder made a six-month loan switch to Emirates.

Denis Suarez returned to Spain at the end of the campaign after a disastrous spell with Arsenal, failing to make a single start under Unai Emery.

It was the former Sevilla boss and the head of football Raul Sanllehi who ‘championed’ the signing of Denis Suarez in January, but Football London claims Arsene Wenger was not so keen a year before the 25-year-old’s eventual move.

The Gunners were offered the chance to bring Denis Suarez to the club on a short-term basis but were concerned the Spaniard would not be able to make any impact on the team.

Southampton and Brighton were also offered to bring Denis Suarez to England, but he ultimately stayed at Nou Camp for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.

Although Arsene Wenger was not the only voice in the decision making, it opted Denis Suarez was not suited to making an immediate impact at Emirates. Just over a year on, and the Gunners’ first instincts were proven right as the Barcelona midfielder failed to make the grade at the Premier League giants.

The injury sidelined Suarez at the end of the season, but by then Unai Emery had already appeared to have given up on the attacker, despite believing in the winter the former Sevilla ace was the perfect fit for his team.

Denis Suarez made only six appearances in total for Arsenal, playing for 95 minutes in total.