Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Mustn't Be Deterred in Quest to Land Luis Suarez

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool gestures during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Money appears to be no object for Arsenal this summer as the club continues its pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

The Gunners latest bid for the Uruguayan star, £40 million plus an additional £1 was made in order to trigger a clause in Suarez's current contract, according to Sky Sports on Wednesday. There's no doubt that the massive offer also caught the attention of the coveted forward and his current club.

With the bid exceeding the £40 million mark, Liverpool has to inform Suarez of Arsenal's offer, even though it doesn't meet a buy-out clause.

And although the offer has only angered Liverpool's higher-ups, according to The Guardian's Andy Hunter, Arsenal can't let another rejection deter it from pushing hard to acquire a marquee name this offseason. Suarez is too valuable a player for the Gunners to give up now.

With Arsenal set for UEFA Champions League football this coming season and looking to win the English Premier League for the first time in a decade, the club is in desperate need of a world-class goalscorer to help it contend with Europe's other powerhouse squads.

After all, the Gunners were only able to muster up 25 goals in 19 away matches all of last season in the Premier League. That count was fewer than Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea. Arsene Wenger's group needs a scoring punch, and no one can provide that better than Suarez.

Suarez finished second in the league with 23 goals in 33 appearances last season. The 26-year-old also finished with eight assists, proving he's far from a one-dimensional superstar.

No Arsenal player had more than 14 Premier League goals last season, and only three finished with more than eight assists. That said, the club has obvious incentive to break the bank for one of the few complete stars looking to play elsewhere in 2013-14.

Sure, Suarez is a polarizing star, thanks to his antics on the pitch and recent biting controversy, which resulted in a 10-game suspension. But Wenger and Arsenal are desperate for consistent production and someone to spark the club away from Emirates next season.

While there may be concerns as to whether Suarez is worth the cost, there is no question that the former Dutch Footballer of the Year would make an immediate impact, transforming the Gunners into an instant contender.


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