Unai Emery explains why Arsenal signing played more often
The Arsenal manager admits he is very demanding of his players, including new signing Denis Suarez
Unai Emery has lifted the lid on why Denis Suarez has been made to wait to make his full Arsenal debut.
The Gunners signed the Spanish midfielder in a loan deal from La Liga leaders FC Barcelona in the January transfer window.
Suarez was drafted into the Arsenal side to bolster Emery’s midfielder in the second half of the Premier League campaign.
Emery worked with the 24-year-old for a 12-month spell at Sevilla, winning the Europa League in 2014-15 under the Gunners boss.
However, Suarez is still waiting to make his first Premier League start despite moving to Arsenal almost a month ago.
The FC Barcelona loanee has racked up a mere 38 minutes of top-flight football against Huddersfield Town and Manchester City.
Emery hasn’t even started Suarez in the Europa League after the Spanish star came off the bench in both legs of their 3-1 win over BATE Borisov.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Arsenal’s home clash against Bournemouth, Emery said:
“I am very demanding of myself to find the best performance of the players.
“I think Suarez is improving with his adaptation every day. Then his quality can give us a lot.
“I am very demanding of myself to find the best performance of the players. I think Suarez is improving with his adaptation every day. Then his quality can give us a lot.
“I think he is not OK today to play 90 minutes because he needs rhythm. But one positive is he can start [against Bournemouth] knowing that, or he can stay on the bench and then help us.”
Arsenal are looking to secure a top-four finish for the first time in three seasons.
The Gunners ended up in sixth spot in the Premier League in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign in charge.
Arsenal will take on Ligue 1 side Rennes in the Europa League round of 16 next month.