Following a nightmare stint at Arsenal, Denis Suarez has revealed that his time at the Emirates Stadium failed to kick off due to a bone condition.
The Spaniard arrived on loan from Barcelona in January, reuniting with Unai Emery, with whom he had previously worked with at Sevilla. Suarez struggled for game time at Arsenal, making just six appearances for a total of 95 minutes. Now back at Barcelona, Suarez is once again preparing to move on.
In an interview with Cadena Ser, Suarez revealed why his time at Arsenal was a nightmare, "When I went to Arsenal, I remember that I got there on a Thursday. That Sunday I played against Manchester City. Then we had a break because of the FA Cup.
"Emery gave us some days off that weekend, [but] I stayed to train. On Thursday at Bate Borisov, I played. At the end of the game I thought that I had torn my groin and they did a scan and saw that I had oedema [a fluid build-up] on the bone in my pelvis.
A lot of pain
"I thought I had torn something; I was in a lot of pain. And from then on I carried on training with medication and putting up with it as best I could but I didn't feel right and [Unai] Emery didn't think I was right. I wasn't comfortable. I don't think I was even at 50 percent. After 15 days of being at Arsenal, I wasn't right. From the 16th I wasn't even at 50 percent."