Denis Saurez in Arsenal colour as Unai Emery makes progress, transfer to be finalised soon

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A report via the Metro claims Unai Emery have successfully convinced Denis Saurez to join Arsenal on a loan deal this January.

The 25-year-old wideman will compete with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for a place in the Gunners line-up during the second half of the season

Emery confirmed in a pre-match press conference on Thursday that Arsenal will not be making any permanent signings during the January transfer window , but admitted that loan signings are possible.

Suarez worked under the Spaniard when he went on loan to Sevilla in the 2014/15 season. Together, the pair won the Europa League.

According to Marca, the only reason the transfer to Arsenal has stalled is because of the two clubs, who have failed to come to an agreement over the 25-year-old.

However, the Spanish publication adds that personal terms have already been sorted.

If a deal is to be done for Suarez, with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu assuring the midfielder he can go, it will have to be a loan switch.

Emery admitted on Thursday that Arsenal have no funds for permanent switches.

“I don’t know about his situation,” said the Gunners boss on Suarez. “But we can only sign players on loan.

“I know the club is working to find players who can help us, with this condition. I know these players and they are very good players.

“But I cannot sign more.”

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