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Luis Suarez to Arsenal: Liverpool Striker Is a Perfect Tactical Fit Under Wenger

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool runs with the ball 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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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJuly 25, 2013

Luis Suarez has been given permission to speak to Arsenal after a £40,000,001 bid was made, according to BBC Sport.

The North London club have failed to make a first-team signing all summer so far, pulling up short in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain after Napoli stole in and whisked the player away to Southern Italy.

The £40 million bid was rejected, but the Uruguayan now has permission to speak to the Gunners while a fee is thrashed out.

According to The Telegraph, Arsene Wenger sees Suarez as the ideal replacement for Robin van Persie, who left 12 months ago for English Premier League champions Manchester United.

And we couldn't agree more.

Arsenal signed Olivier Giroud last summer, and he, along with Lukas Podolski, were brought in to replace the outbound Dutch talisman.

They weren't adequate—not on paper, not on the pitch—and Giroud's alarming tendency to shoot from anywhere on the field, accompanied by Wenger's alarming tendency to substitute "Poldi" off every week, gave fans a tough season to bear.

Neither scored the goals required, and Arsenal fans, in general, will agree a new striker is a necessity if they want to win the title.

Who better to take than 23-goal Suarez?

Wenger's free-flowing 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 hybrid system is perfect for the Uruguayan, and he can take up any of three or four roles, depending on the layout.

He's proven adept in the short passing game, working between the lines; finding space; and, finally, hitting the back of the net.

Concerns that Suarez would never be a 20-goal forward in the Premier League have been binned, and there are few more fearsome sights in football than this man running at you with the ball.

Ideally, you'd play Suarez up front, dropping in and out of the line Lionel Messi-style, with Podolski and perhaps Theo Walcott flanking him.

The linkup play between midfield engines Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey would be scintillating, and while this transfer feels like a demonstration of power from the Gunners, it has its tactical merits.

As Inside World Soccer reports, Suarez admitted this summer he wants to leave Liverpool due to the torrid treatment the press have given him during his stay in England.

Either the former Ajax man's geography is appalling, or he's willing to give it a go with a fresh start—either way, Gunners fans won't care if he's playing in Arsenal red next season.



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