January 31, 2019 / 2:46 PM / 6 months ago

Suarez gives us attacking flexibility, says Emery

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Santander La Liga - FC Barcelona vs Eibar - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - September 19, 2017 Barcelona’s Denis Suarez celebrates scoring their third goal. REUTERS/Albert Gea

(Reuters) - New Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez will give the team plenty of flexibility in attack, manager Unai Emery said after confirming the Spaniard had joined on loan from Barcelona on Thursday.

Suarez can play centrally and on the wing, making him a viable option to replace the injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan or inconsistent Mesut Ozil.

Emery has worked with the 25-year-old, who has made few appearances for Barcelona this season, during a loan spell at Spanish side Sevilla.

“We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us. He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla,” Emery said in a statement.

“He brings us quality and options in different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”

Suarez has experience of English football as he spent two seasons with Manchester City as a teenager.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ed Osmond

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