Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Gunners close in on Denis Suarez loan deal

Unai Emery has ruled out making any permanent signings this month Unai Emery has ruled out making any permanent signings this month
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2019, 02:29

"I don't know about his situation", said the Gunners boss on Suarez.

Another of Emery's former players, Sevilla's Ever Banega, has also been linked with a move to the Emirates.

"We can only sign players later on".

Arsenal spent around £70m on four players last summer - Lucas Torreria, Matteo Guendouzi, Sokratis and Bernd Leno with Stephan Lichtsteiner also arriving on a free transfer - and signed striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a club record £56m in January 2018.

Koscielny will be eased back gently, though, with Emery explaining: 'It's not easy for him to play three matches in one week, and we pushed him and he was playing three matches during the week, but not ninety minutes each match'. "We can only loan players".

He added: "The club is working, telling me each moment different situations can happen".

"I know the club is working to find players who can help us, with this condition". But at the moment I don't have news on that. "My last conversation with him is very important", Emery said. I asked in the last match at Blackpool (in the FA Cup) if he is okay to help us play and he said, "Yeah, coach, I want to play" and he played with a very big commitment to us.

"His future belongs to him, his family and agent".

"I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday".

Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League, just outside the Champions League qualification places, and play West Ham United away tomorrow lunchtime.

Spurs announced yet another delay to their new stadium this week, with the North London derby on March 2 now the first possible fixture to be played there.

Emery has been boosted by the return to full training of Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Héctor Bellerín.