It was one huge surprise for all Arsenal fans to read that the Gunners made a £30 million bid for Luis Suarez, one of the most controversial players that has played in the Premiership. Despite reports that suggest the Reds are not willing to sell their best player to a rival club (or at least not for that amount of money), it seems that Arsenal won’t give up in the pursuit of the striker.
The Uruguayan striker signed for Liverpool on the last day of the January transfer window in 2011 in order to replace Fernando Torres who was sold to Chelsea. It’s hard to pick the funniest detail – whether it’s the fact Suarez wasn’t even the most expensive player Liverpool signed on that day (it was Andy Carroll) or the fact Suarez – just like Carroll – was tracked by Spuds who failed with their bids to land the former Ajax player. He made an immediate impact and his first half of the season was mostly remembered by his three-assist-haul against Manchester United (Liverpool won 3:1) during which he drove United defenders crazy with brilliant dribbling and his ability to find space for a proper pass in the final third.
Suarez has been arguably one of the best strikers in the Premiership ever since he joined Liverpool. His ability to score, determination, technique, first touch, pace…make him a player that is at a higher level than his current club. He ended second on the goal-scorers table last season with 23 goals but his chance to take the top spot from The Lying Dutchman was ruined by the other side of Luis Suarez coin – he decided to take a bite out of Branislav Ivanović’s shoulder. His act of craziness wasn’t seen by the officials at the time but he was later given a 10-match-ban that will include six matches of the 2013-14 campaign. His disciplinary record in England also includes a ban for the racial abuse of Patrice Evra.
Now, every Arsenal fan dreams about a marquee signing that will make our current team competitive in the race for silverware. However, Suarez would be a rather complicated case to solve. If Wayne Rooney made people wonder whether he would be an appropriate signing due to his characteristics, Suarez would require a whole conference to draw a conclusion.
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1.He is a world-class striker.
Liverpool fans have to admit that Suarez is a player of a much higher caliber than the current Liverpool team deserves. He scores, he assists, he dribbles and sometimes looks so frustrated because he doesn’t have team-mates that can match his level.
2.His signing would issue a statement of intent.
Teams that have been interested in Suarez are Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern – rich clubs that can spend 40 million pounds on one player. If Arsenal want to prove Ivan Gazidis’ words, they might do it on Suarez by beating their other rivals for his signature.
3.He would make Arsenal fans forget about Van Persie.
Last season we had a huge quality gap in our attack due to the departure of Van Persie and the fact neither Giroud nor Podolski were ready to fill his shoes. With Suarez, Arsenal would have a striker that is capable of hitting 30 goals per season including big matches.
4.His technical skills would make him suit Wengerball.
He can dribble, he can pass, he can shoot…just like the best players in the Wenger-era could/can. He has the ability to make the genius move in a similar fashion to Dennis Bergkamp. That might be the reason why Wenger wanted him back in the days Suarez played for Ajax.
5.It would be a sweet revenge to Real Madrid for dragging the whole Higuain story.
Real Madrid want Suarez. We want Higuain but they won’t let that happen unless we fork out the sum they require. However, Real Madrid – according to reports – need money from the sale of Higuain in order to finance a deal for either Suarez or Bale. So, we might just do them by signing Suarez instead!
6.If Real lose out on Suarez, they will sign Bale.
Barcelona signed Neymar. Real need to match that and – if they fail to sign Suarez – they might turn their attention to Gareth Bale. And if they sign him, Spuds will be devastated.
1.He has been a recidivist.
It’s not the bite on Ivanović that is the most shocking thing about Suarez – it’s the fact he did it before while playing for Ajax. It seems that he is a person that doesn’t learn well from his mistakes and that is not a very desirable trait.
2.He was banned for racism.
This one is the most important for me. Suarez was banned for repeated racial insults towards Patrice Evra. It’s one thing if you insult Evra as one of the worst characters in the Premiership but completely another thing if you do it because of his race. The greatest Arsenal player of all times Thierry Henry wanted to leave the pitch in Eindhoven when he was subjected to racial abuse from home fans. Signing Suarez, a racist that claimed: “It’s not considered racism where I come from!”, would be to spit on Henry’s statue.
3.He will miss six matches at the start of the season.
His ban means he would only be available in the Premiership for the seventh match. The list of matches that he would miss includes the first North London Derby at Emirates and that is a huge minus for Suarez.
4.He gets nervous when he doesn’t score.
Suarez has an issue with his temper. During his spell at Liverpool one could have noticed that Suarez tends to get more nervous as the match approaches the end if he doesn’t score. With his disciplinary record in England, he could implode very easily if things don’t go well for him.
5.He is already labelled by referees as a diver.
One of the most annoying characteristics Suarez has shown during his spell with Liverpool is his unlimited ability to dive. He has done it so frequently that referees have hesitated to point to the spot even when he has been blatantly fouled.
6.Wenger would never spend 40 million pounds on one player.
We all know about this one.
Conclusion: despite the fact I like the idea of Luis Suarez-player, the reason “CONTRA” No.2 is the deal-breaker for me. He is a world-class player and I will not like to see him near an Arsenal penalty box but I also don’t want him to wear our shirt.