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Ex-Arsenal chief perplexed over January deal, wanted Emery to trust teen duo

Former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has told The Times he was ‘dismayed’ by the club’s signing of Denis Suarez in January.

The Gunners sealed a loan deal for the Spaniard, with an option to purchase for £20 million which they quickly opted against.

Suarez’s time in north London was very forgettable, with a pesky groin injury limiting him to just six appearances for the club.

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The former Manchester City youngster will unfortunately go down as one of the club’s worst pieces of business in recent years, and one who is pained by the deal is Mislintat.

The German, who left the club shortly after Suarez’s arrival, wanted to see academy graduates Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka given a first-team shot by Unai Emery.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery pressed ahead with the Surez deal, with Willock and Saka making just 10 appearances in all competitions between them.

TBR’s view

Mislintat’s stance on the Suarez deal should ring some alarm bells.

He is the supposed transfer expert, and if he felt Suarez wasn’t worth pursuing then maybe the move was destined to fail.

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Suarez’s signing appeared to be at the expense of Christopher Nkunku, who was another Gunners loan target at the time.

Perhaps the Frenchman would have been a better option – he certainly didn’t struggle as badly as Suarez in the second half of the 2018/19 season.

Arsenal fans will perhaps hope Emery will heed the word of new chief Edu this summer, especially with so little money to spend.

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