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Suarez - Why I click with ‘football mad’ Emery

Denis Suarez and Unai Emery have history - and our new loan signing wants to create more memories now they’ve been reunited.

Suarez was at Barcelona in 2014 when Emery took him to Sevilla as part of the deal that saw Ivan Rakitic move in the opposite direction.

It worked out well - Suarez became a trusted member of Emery’s side and they won the Europa League together in 2015.

Nearly four years later the duo are back in tandem after Suarez completed a loan move to the Emirates. And the 25-year-old knows what to expect.

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“I have a very good relationship with Unai Emery,” he told Arsenal Player. “I think he’s a very demanding coach and one of the best coaches in the world right now - I’ve been saying that for a while.
 
“Sevilla was my first year playing football at the elite level - my first year in the top division. I improved a lot as a player thanks to him. He really helped me. I think he was a big part of the reason I was able to go back to Barcelona after leaving on loan.

“The main thing is that he dedicates a great deal of time to his work. He spends many hours and days watching videos of other teams and his own side.

“His training sessions are really demanding and he ensures that the team is completely prepared. But as I say, the biggest thing is the time he dedicates to his work. As we’d say in Spanish, he’s ‘un enfermo del fútbol’ - football mad.”

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