Where will Denis Suarez fit into the Arsenal XI as January signing prepares to make first start?


DENIS SUAREZ is in line to make his first Arsenal start against Huddersfield – could he be the man to make the Gunners click?

The Spanish midfielder, 25, was only ready to come off the bench against Manchester City but Unai Emery insisted he has been training well this week.

How Arsenal could line up against Huddersfield

Emery worked with Suarez at Sevilla and will hope the playmaker can help his new team-mates understand his tactics.

Arsenal are dealing with a defensive crisis as Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin are all out, although Shkodran Mustafi trained fully this week.

But it is the midfield which will hold the most interest for fans as Suarez aims to get the Gunners firing.

With Granit Xhaka an injury doubt, Lucas Torreira could slot into the holding role in front of the defence.

An alternative version would see Denis Suarez play behind the strikers
Versatile Denis Suarez can also play on the wing in a 4-4-2

That would allow Suarez and Matteo Guendouzi licence to roam in a game where Arsenal should dominate possession.

Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have proved lethal when given service and Aaron Ramsey could be the man to try and supply it with Mesut Ozil out of favour.

Alternatively, Emery could opt to use his new weapon on the wing or behind the strikers to take advantage of his versatility and keep opponents guessing.

Denis Suarez and Aaron Ramsey are an ideal fit on paper
Arsenal fans saw their new signing come off the bench against Man City
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Denis Suarez will hope for a better result against Man City
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Suarez’s experience with Villarreal, Sevilla and Barcelona may be just the boost his manager needs after a tough run of games.

The maestro’s positional sense and range of passing will add a much needed creative spark and help to link defence an attack.

But against sterner opposition, the Gunners’ long-standing defensive frailty will still be an issue and needs to be fixed this summer.


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