Arsenal Transfer News: Luis Suarez's Comments Should Bolster Gunners' Pursuit
The Luis Suarez saga has dominated the transfer window, and it doesn't appear there will be a resolution any time soon.
According to David Anderson of Mirror Football, Suarez denied making comments in favor of staying at Anfield. It was initially reported that Suarez told the newspaper El Observador that the fans would lead to him remaining at Anfield.
El Observador claimed Suarez told its reporter in Japan where Uruguay were playing a friendly, that "For now, because of all the affections of the people, I will be staying," and that he might look to sign a new contract.
Suarez did an about-face later, though, and claimed that those comments didn't come from him. The Mirror also reports that he later said: "I didn’t say that. Maybe someone else did. The main thing is I’m here now with the national team."
Despite Suarez's desire to leave, Liverpool remain firm in their stance that it does not intend to sell him.
Reds owner John W. Henry has been especially outspoken, according to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph. He is especially against moving Suarez to a rival like Arsenal as he would obviously make Arsenal a bigger threat.
So for football reasons we can’t – and especially to Arsenal. We've made that clear. I have said to Ivan Gazidis in a personal conversation that we will not sell to Arsenal. It is unequivocal, but that doesn't seem to slow them down so I can’t wait to see what the next bid is.
Arsenal's most recent bid was for £40,000,001, according to Anderson, but the Reds refused to budge.
If Suarez continues to voice his displeasure, however, one has to assume that Liverpool will be forced to allow a move rather than allow a disgruntled player to ruin team chemistry.
One person who seems ready to move on is Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. He naturally doesn't seem to have the best relationship with Suarez because of the sage, and has told the media that he is no longer interested in discussing him, according to Sky Sports Football.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists it is time to concentrate on his other players and not Luis Suarez. http://t.co/uV1eLUF4OV— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 15, 2013
Should Arsenal continue their pursuit of Luis Suarez?
Based on that, Arsenal should ramp up its bid for Suarez even more. It seems like everyone at Liverpool are sick and tired of the Suarez situation. The Reds simply need a legitimate reason to send him packing, and a massive transfer offer could be that reason.
But Arsenal can't afford to go overboard. Their most recent offer was pretty fair, but they can afford to raise it a little. Suarez is obviously a concern due to his attitude on and off the pitch, but his talent is undeniable.
Suarez was one of the best strikers in the world last season with 30 goals, the second-highest total of his career. His desire to succeed cannot be questioned since his main issue with Liverpool seems to be their inability to reach the Champions League.
Liverpool failed to make the Champions League, and it's hard to see them finishing in the top four this year. With Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton to contend with, brighter days aren't exactly ahead for the Reds.
They're going to move on from Suarez soon enough, and there is no point in delaying the inevitable.
The longer they wait, the less they will get in return for him. If Arsenal slightly improves its offer like it should, the Reds should take the deal and start to build around players who want to be at Anfield.
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