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Suárez can help solve winger issue, says Emery

Suarez can help solve winger issue, says Emery

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Unai Emery said he hoped Arsenal's injury problems would be eased by the imminent signing of Denis Suárez from Barcelona.

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suárez will help to solve Arsenal's shortage of wingers, according to head coach Unai Emery, who said he also hopes to have Ainsley Maitland-Niles fit for his side's clash with Manchester City.

Loan deal

Suárez is set to join Arsenal on loan until the end of the season after falling out of favour under Ernesto Valverde at Barca but he did not manage to complete his move in time to feature in the Gunners' 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Also missing for Arsenal was Maitland-Niles, who picked up a knee injury and joined team-mates Hector Bellerin, Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny in the treatment room.

After seeing goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette help Arsenal to victory over the Bluebirds, Emery told reporters: "We need wingers´".

Quality

"Suárez, who I know, has this quality."

Asked whether the 25-year-old Spaniard would handle the physicality of the Premier League, Emery replied: "I don't know now. It's a challenge for him, and also [it is a challenge for him] to help us."

Deadline day

With just two days remaining before the close of the transfer window, Emery was coy on potential arrivals despite Arsenal being linked with Inter's Ivan Perisic.

He said: "If a player can come here to help us, he will come. The last news, I don't know. My focus is on the match. Maybe tonight or tomorrow [Wednesday] I will speak."