Arsenal have been pursuing the Liverpool striker for a while now, and time is starting to run out before the transfer closes. But instead of trying to up the ante to land Suarez, manager Arsene Wenger should be focusing on acquiring other impact players instead of trying to empty his pockets. Suarez will cost Arsenal an arm and a leg, according to recent reports.
Arsenal have already bid £40,000,001 to try to land the striker, but the bid was rejected by Liverpool, according to ESPN UK. The club thought that the bid would trigger a release clause in Suarez’s contract, but instead, it only meant that Liverpool had to inform the star of the bid, per the report.
The club will now need to bid £50 million to get Suarez, according ESPN UK.
Suarez is up there with some of the best strikers in the world. He scored 23 goals with five assists in 33 Premier League appearances for Liverpool this past season. But while he'd certainly aid Arsenal's chances of improving going forward, it would be insane to pay that kind of money for him.
This is a guy with elite skills but who constantly fails to control his emotions on the pitch. He was suspended for eight matches last December for making racial comments toward Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, according to BBC. Clearly, the striker didn’t learn his lesson, as he would find himself in trouble again.
Suarez was banned 10 matches in April for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to The Associated Press (h/t USA Today). He had been suspended for seven matches in 2010 for similar actions when he was playing for Ajax, according to the report. He’s a massive risk to have on the roster for that price to say the least.
Sure, maybe £50 million is enough for Arsenal to have Suarez on the roster going forward. But what happens when he does something obscene and gets banned for an extended period of time? At some point, Wenger has to ask himself, “Is paying a boatload for Suarez worth the risk of him not being able to play?”
Suarez would definitely be a big contributor on the pitch for Arsenal, but the problem is keeping him on the pitch. It’s tough to control this guy, as you never know how he’s going to react when something doesn’t go his way. Will he bite another player? Will he make more racial comments about players?
You just don’t know what’s going to happen with Suarez.
Arsenal should be fine whether they land Suarez or not, and Wenger seems to think that way—or he’s just saying that. Here’s what the manager said during the Emirates Google+ Hangout recently, according to ESPN UK:
We are still working on improving our squad, but we have a base of young players who get a chance here, who started in the Premier League, like [Wojciech] Szczesny, [Carl] Jenkinson, [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain, [Jack] Wilshere, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Theo] Walcott – that is unique, nobody else has done that.
These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill. They will be better next year and that is why I am confident we will be stronger next season.
We had a fantastic end to the season, because we won eight of the last ten [league] games.
We have had a good pre-season and for the first time in recent seasons we have not lost [sold] any player.
Our target now is to transfer that confidence into the start of the new season and it is vital for us to have a good start.
Does Wenger want Suarez badly? You bet he does. But it doesn’t seem like he’s that eager to land him. It appears he’s comfortable with the young players he currently has, and that’s the right mentality. He shouldn’t be bidding for Suarez. It’s a foolish move that would likely blow up in the manager’s face. He should spend his money more wisely.
Wenger needs to throw in the towel on Suarez.
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