No one knows what Denis Suarez is doing at Arsenal – at least Kim Kallstrom started

There can be few more baffling January signings than Denis Suarez.

Why Arsenal fought so hard to sign Suarez from Barcelona on loan is anyone’s guess because it looks like he has been brought in to keep the bench warm.

Or put it this way. Mention Kim Kallstrom and many Arsenal fans laugh, poke fun at Arsene Wenger and think of him as one of the biggest duds they ever brought in.

But, actually, Kallstrom did something during his bizarre loan spell in 2014 that Suarez has yet to do. He started a game.

Kallstrom played more minutes than Suarez has managed so far – the Spaniard has played 95 minutes in six substitute appearances – and no-one can quite work out while he is even here.

Denis Suarez’s arrival at Arsenal was baffling

The bizarre thing was that Suarez arrived on the strength of Unai Emery’s recommendation having worked with him at Sevilla and there was a feeling at Arsenal they would be taking up the £18m option to buy him permanently.

Obviously that’s just a ridiculous notion now and no-one could imagine they would be buying him on the strength of what he has done so far.

And if you compare it to Kallstrom, the medical team told Wenger not to do it as he was injured and the Swedish veteran actually took a penalty and scored in the FA Cup semi final with Wigan in 2014, a match which definitely kept Wenger in a job.

Kallstrom was back in the day a very classy player while Suarez has probably not changed. He is a versatile, diminutive player who can play in midfield, wide or even possibly as a No10.

Kim Kallstrom started a game for the Gunners AND scored a winning FA Cup penalty

Suarez has only had his chances from the bench

Suarez has won a full Spanish cap, been at Barcelona, Celta Viga, Villarreal, Sevilla and was at Manchester City when he was young.

If you have ever watched him play then you will know that he is small, energetic, bright and can make a difference. Does he have the physical power? Well, that’s the issue.

It is nothing in particular that he has done but it has become incredibly obvious that he lacks the physical power and strength to really make his mark in the Premier League.

Some players are made for English football and he is definitely not. The problem is that Arsenal need a player to fill Aaron Ramsey’s boots as he prepares to leave. They also need a powerful physical presence to play at the “front of the press.”

Suarez is on loan from Barcelona

This is crucial to Emery’s master plan and until he gets the players he wants he cannot implement the system to really stamp his authority on this team.

Blimey, he has been doing well enough to get them this far down the road without much of an identity. They are fourth, the squad needs an overhaul, has big injuries with Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin and yet they could still get into the Champions League.

If they do that without us really knowing what Emery is about – is his team a pressing team, possession or counter attack, we really don’t know – then he will have worked wonders.

Arsenal will have limited funds this summer to invest and a midfielder will be top of the list. A Ramsey replacement, a midfield powerhouse and one thing’s for sure, it will not be Suarez.

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