Arsenal should seek a deal for Mario Suarez as Coquelin’s replacement

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Mario Suarez could be leaving Fiorentina in January.

Arsenal are in desperate need of a new holding midfielder after regular first-team star Francis Coquelin was ruled out for up to three months with a knee ligament injury.

Arsene Wenger’s options are extremely limited, what with Jack Wilshere constantly battling fitness and the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini seemingly no longer at the required standard.

A move for a new holding midfielder in January ultimately makes sense, yet as a result of their injury situation, clubs will undoubtedly try and take advantage by hiking up prices.

Arsenal need a cheap, quick fix – and they could be in luck as Mario Suarez’s future is in doubt.

The three-cap Span international spent five years at Atletico Madrid before joining Fiorentina in the summer as part of a deal which saw Stefan Savic head the other way.

Suarez won a number of trophies at the Vicente Calderon, including La Liga, the Europa League, the Copa Del Rey and two European Super Cups, as he made a total of 178 appearances for the club.

Allowing him to leave was a bit puzzling, considering his role with Atleti, and his ensuing stint in Italy with Fiorentina hasn’t really gone to plan, with murmurs suggesting he could be set for a January exit.

As per a report in Estadio Deportivo, Suarez is said to have fallen out with coach Paulo Sousa and could leave in January as Fiorentina eye a replacement deal in the form of Levante’s Victor Camarasa.

Suarez, 28, is predominantly a holding midfielder and possesses key attributes such as tough talking, strong discipline, excellent leadership skills and real energy in the middle.

He would undoubtedly be an improvement on the likes of Flamini and Arteta, due to his mobility, physical presence and general awareness to the dangers around him.

Arsenal are in need of a new addition, and considering Suarez’s alleged availability, they would be foolish not to try and seek a deal – even a possible loan deal – during the January transfer window.

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