Denis Suarez disagrees with Unai Emery’s claim that Arsenal fans got him sacked

Unai Emery persuaded Denis Suarez to join Arsenal on loan last January but he failed to make an impact
Unai Emery persuaded Denis Suarez to join Arsenal on loan last January but he failed to make an impact (Picture: Getty)

Denis Suarez has taken issue with Unai Emery’s claim that Arsenal fans contributed to his downfall.

Arsene Wenger’s successor was sacked in November following a calamitous run of results which culminated in an embarrassing Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.

Emery had led Arsenal to the Europa League final and within a point of a top four place in his first season in charge, but a disappointing January transfer window, during which he was able to sign only Suarez on loan from Barcelona, played a key role on him failing to meet his targets.

Following his departure, however, Emery cited a lack of unity among that fanbase as a key issue he was forced to content with during his time in north London.

‘There were several problems: four captains; the [Mesut] Ozil – [Sead] Kolasinac case; [Nicolas] Pepe’s signing, which needs time to be that of France,’ Emery told Marca back in February.

“It was Unai’s first season. He got the club to within a whisker of the top four, they reached the Europa League final. Of course it is a huge club and the expectations are there. The pressure is big. And is difficult when a manager like Arsene Wenger leaves the club after a long time. But I don’t believe the pressure from the fans is too much. I played for Barcelona and every game is a final. Arsenal is similar. You have to win every game and you have to cope with that pressure. It is your job. You have to compete and win every game.”
Denis Suarez failed to make a single Premier League start for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘We didn’t play well, that’s for sure. That brought us bad results, there was no improvement, the fans focused on me and they threw me out.’

Despite failing to make an impact on the pitch due to a serious groin issue, Suarez believes the fans he encountered during his time with the club were overwhelmingly supportive and passionte.

He told The Athletic: ‘It was Unai’s first season. He got the club to within a whisker of the top four, they reached the Europa League final. Of course it is a huge club and the expectations are there.

‘The pressure is big. And is difficult when a manager like Arsene Wenger leaves the club after a long time. But I don’t believe the pressure from the fans is too much. I played for Barcelona and every game is a final. Arsenal is similar.

‘You have to win every game and you have to cope with that pressure. It is your job. You have to compete and win every game.’

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