Suarez sets ambitious target after rejoining Emery at Arsenal

Denis Suarez is targeting a successful loan spell at Arsenal and wants to win the Europa League after reuniting with Unai Emery.

The Barcelona playmaker joined the Gunners on deadline day after agreeing to a loan move until the end of the season.

Arsenal have the option to make the move permanent in the summer, with Suarez having signed a contract extension at the Nou Camp before making the move.

Former Manchester City youngster Suarez, 25, played under Arsenal head coach Emery while on loan at Sevilla in the 2014/15 season.

Together they claimed the Europa League as Suarez was an unused substitute in the 3-2 final win over Dnipro.

Now he wants similar success at the Emirates Stadium after admitting he was keen to join Arsenal ahead of the transfer deadline.

“I’ve come here to play as much as possible and try to help the team qualify for the Champions League,” he told

“I’d like to win the Europa League with Arsenal too – why not? It’s a trophy I won under Unai Emery at Sevilla and I’d love to win it again here.

“I’m very pleased to be here and to be joining Arsenal. I’ve been pushing hard to come here. I’m finally here now and I’m really pleased.”
Suarez, who has one senior cap for Spain, believes his time in Sevilla under Emery helped him develop as a player as the pair look to work together again.

“I have a very good relationship with him,” Suarez said of his compatriot.

“I spent a year with him at Sevilla when we won the Europa League. I think he’s a very demanding coach and one of the best coaches in the world right now – I’ve been saying that for a while.

“I’m really happy to have the chance to work with him again and I hope that the rest of the season is successful for me and the club.
“I think he’s a great coach. That (his loan to Sevilla) was my first year playing football at the elite level – my first year in the top division.

“I improved a lot as a player thanks to him. He really helped me. I think he was a big part of the reason I was able to go back to Barcelona after leaving on loan.”

Emery, meanwhile, was pleased to add Suarez to his ranks having been restricted to the loan market in the January window.

“We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us,” he said.

“He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla. He brings us quality and options in many different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.”

Suarez came through the ranks at Celta Vigo before landing a move to Manchester City, although he was restricted to one League Cup appearance.

He was still highly regarded in Spain and Barcelona completed a deal to sign him in 2013 before his loan to Sevilla and a year-long stint at Villarreal saw him make his mark in the first team for the Catalan giants.