As it becomes clear that Arsenal’s “bid” for Luis Suarez is a tactic to get the Gonzalo Higuain deal going, there is still a slight (and I mean slight) chance of Arsene being interested in him.
The problem is that he racially abused Patrice Evra a couple of seasons ago, and decided to “eat” Branislav Ivanovic last year. He is a serial diver and cheat, and for a club like Arsenal that has class, then buying him would be a nightmare.
And, this may be a controversial opinion, but I just don’t rate him at all.
He scored a lot of goals in Holland (but so did Meteja Kezman and Dirk Kuyt) and in England he scores goals but his record of 51 goals in 96 games is good but not world class.
And seeing him play, to me he is just frustrating. Luis Suarez constantly tries to take on players on the byline, sometimes manages to wriggle through and then he will shoot from the most ridiculous angle, which is finished by hitting the side netting. Sure he has the technically ability, but he’s just greedy.
And he is wasteful. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen him miss chance after chance. Yes, he scores some wonderful goals but he isn’t as clinical as people think. In fact, in terms of converting chances, he is actually the 23rd most clinical player in the Premier League, for players who have scored 5 or more goals last season.
That is shockingly poor.
This could be explained by his greedy play and not passing the ball, combined with the fact he likes to shoot from angles you wouldn’t even try if you were playing Fifa. If we’re using the Football Game analogy, then Luis Suarez thinks he’s playing Sensible Soccer.
When you consider players such as Le Fondre, Fletcher, Crouch, Lambert, Sturridge and Walters are more “clinical” than him, then it becomes clear how “effective” Suarez is in front of goal.
People will argue that “at least he gets into the positions to score” but I would argue Andy Cole was the same. It doesn’t change the fact that he still missed loads of chances though.
He does the tricks and flicks that please the fans and make nice YouTube compilations, but if we’re looking for a player to drastically improve Arsenal, then he is not our man.
£30 million? Please don’t even pretend to waste our money on Suarez, Arsene.