Emery: Suarez can solve Arsenal’s need for wingers

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes that Denis Suarez will help to compensate for their lack of wingers ahead of his expected loan move from Barcelona.

Amid a lack of regular opportunities at Barcelona this season, Suarez is set to reunite with his old Sevilla boss Emery at Arsenal on loan until this summer.

Reports have indicated that an agreement is finally in place between Arsenal and Barcelona for Suarez, who will sign a new contract at the Catalan club first in order to preserve his transfer value.

The 23-year-old’s arrival couldn’t be better time given Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ knee injury prior to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Cardiff City in the Premier League on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the match, Emery was unable to provide an update on the Gunners’ progress in signing Suarez but did reveal what the young Spaniard will bring to the team.

“There’s no change in my idea, I think the same. If some players can come here to help us, they will come,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.

“The latest news? I don’t know. Today all my focus has been on this match. I’ve not spoken with anyone at the club who is working on that.

“Maybe tonight or tomorrow, I will speak about the latest news. My idea is the same: if we can sign one player to help us, it’s good for us.

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He added: “Generally speaking, we need wingers and if you have a player like Denis, I know him because he played for me at Sevilla. His quality is this.”

Second-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were enough for Arsenal to claim victory on Tuesday night.

“The first half, if one team deserved to score then maybe it was them,” said Emery on Arsenal’s win.

“The best thing to do at this moment when we were in the dressing room was to speak about it. The first half at 0-0 was good for us because we conceded chances to them and they didn’t score.

“But we had the opportunity to change this situation in the second half and we had to play in that second half with patience because we knew this match was not easy.

“They play well in one against one in all areas of the pitch and it’s not easy to play or find space in these duels. In the first half, this happened a lot.

“But then in the second half, also in the 90 minutes, the individuals working hard can become tired in some moments. In the second half, with our patience, we found the best offensive solutions to score and to win this match.”

Arsenal will next take a trip to the Etihad Stadium to take on Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday.