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No starts, no goals and just 95 minutes on the pitch: Suarez reveals he’s out for the rest of the season

Denis Suarez has revealed he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after playing just 95 minutes of football for Arsenal.

The 25-year-old joined the north London club on-loan from Barcelona in January but has found his time at the Emirates curtailed by a groin complaint.

He has failed to make a single start for Arsenal, despite costing the club £3.2million, including his £55,000 per week wages and £2.5m signing-on fee.

Suarez, who has played just 67 minutes worth of football in the Premier League, revealed the news in an emotional statement on Twitter.

‘I will not be able to play again this season,’ said Suarez.

‘Some issues with my groin have made things tough since the game against BATE in the Europa League in February and now they have forced me to stop training altogether.

‘After various medical consultations, the conclusion has been reached that I cannot keep pushing it and I have started a period of treatment that cannot be done alongside competitive football.

‘I am sorry for all the effort and sacrifice made to come to Arsenal hasn’t come to fruition as hoped and you can’t even imagine how angry I am about it, but health comes first.’

The Spaniard’s ill-fated loan-spell brings to mind Arsenal’s dismal January acquisition of Kim Kallstrom back in January 2014.

The Swede famously struggled with a back injury after signing on loan from Spartak Moscow under Unai Emery’s predecessor Arsene Wenger.

But even he managed to play more minutes for the Gunners than Suarez, racking up a comparatively impressive 135 minutes for the club.

Emery signed Suarez to help bolster Arsenal’s midfield options as they attempt to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

The former Paris Saint-Germain coach had worked with the 25-year-old during his first season in charge of Sevilla in 2014.

‘We are very happy that Denis Suarez is joining us,’ he said after Suarez was signed on Deadline Day in January. ‘He is a player we know well and I have worked with him at Sevilla.

‘He brings us quality and options in many different attacking positions, so he’ll be able to help the team.’

But things haven’t turned out as planned for the Barcelona player, whose last appearance came against Manchester United in a 2-0 victory last month.

Of 18 possible matches in which he could have featured, Suarez appeared in just six, with all of his appearances coming from the subs bench.

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