Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Latest on Luis Suarez, Ashley Williams and More

Ben SnowballContributor IAugust 17, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Liverpool FC Manager Brendan Rodgers (L) looks on as Luis Suarez of Liverpool is substituted into the match 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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It’s been a pretty tragic summer for Arsenal fans.

The Luis Suarez saga runs on and on with the Metro now reporting that the Liverpool striker may stay at Anfield after he apologised to his teammates and returned to first-team training.

They had previously reported that Arsenal were set to launch a final £49 million bid—and confirmed by The Telegraph's Twitter account—for the striker and Wenger insisted in the build-up to his side's Premier League opener with Aston Villa that he was still in the market for quality players.

"Yes, we would like two or three players, if possible more, but we will not compromise on the quality of the players," he said, as reported by Sky Sports.

"I understand every frustration but what is important is the quality of what you do on the pitch, so let's not create a crisis from nothing."

Incredibly Arsenal have yet to spend a penny but Wenger must be commended for refusing to panic, although he must accept that to secure the best players, you have to pay big money.

Landing Suarez would boost Arsenal’s hopes of landing a top-four spot with rivals Tottenham threatening to overtake them in the race for the Champions League after some lavish summer spending.

His character is questionable—it takes a rare breed of man to bite someone in their adult years—but he is a quality player who would add a new dimension to Arsenal’s attack. His creativity and goals can keep Arsenal as North London's top club for the foreseeable future.


Moving for Ashley Williams?

The potential Williams to Arsenal story has lost pace in recent weeks, but the Mirror now reports that Arsenal have tabled a £6 million bid, which has been rejected as Swansea seek double that figure.

If true, it highlights Arsenal's inability to value a player correctly. Suarez is worth far more in the current market than the £40 million they tabled for him, given his goals would practically guarantee them Champions League football for the next few seasons, while Williams is captain of his club and country so £6 million is a derisory offer.

Williams would be a great addition to the Arsenal backline, giving them a quartet of centre-backs along with Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The latter’s mobility can be an issue when a game is stretched, although he has adapted since initially struggling in England.

With Vermaelen set to miss the start of the season, another defender would be useful.

The Welshman put in a series of excellent displays at the back last season, the highlight coming when he led the Swans to a 0-0 draw with then-champions Manchester City. He's certainly not priority No. 1 but he would be welcome at the Emirates and has the talent and leadership required to force his way into the team.


Swoop for PSV youngsters

Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali aren’t going to lead Arsenal to the league title but the Express reports that Arsenal have been watching the PSV pair.

Where attacking midfielder Wijnaldum would fit in exactly is unclear with Santi Cazorla occupying his favoured position. He scores plenty of goals, has earned a handful of Dutch caps and looks useful, but it's a big ask to make the step up to the Premier League.

At 17 years of age, Bakkali is yet another promising Belgian and would be bought with the future in mind. The winger has hardly featured for his club, but has set the Dutch league alight when he has played and, according to the Express, he has snubbed Manchester City in the past.

He scored a hat-trick in his second appearance for PSV, becoming the youngest player to bag three goals in Eredivisie history, and this could well be another great find from Wenger and his team.


Final hope for Arsenal

And here’s one final gem that might interest the Emirates faithful. The Daily Star are reporting that not only is Arsene Wenger lining up a move for Luis Suarez but he is also considering a bid for Wayne Rooney.

Rooney would be a magnificent addition to Arsenal but the problem they face—should a bid be accepted—is convincing the striker to choose them over rivals Chelsea.

He would add a fear factor to their dainty attack and needs a fresh start but Wenger would have to prove to him the Gunners are going to end their run without trophy before he puts pen to paper.

If Wenger could sensationally pull off the signings of both Rooney and Suarez, then the Gunners might even have a shot at the title.

But it's pretty safe to say that won't happen.