As the transfer window rumbles on, it becomes abundantly clear that Arsene Wenger, and Arsenal, won’t buy anyone this summer. I say “buy” anyone as we’ve already signed Yaya Sanogo on a free. What I mean is, we won’t use any of our reported “£70 milliom war chest” on new players.
Mikel Arteta, Bacary Sagna, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have all commented on good it would be if Arsenal signed new players and how it would add to our chances of winning a major honour next season. It’s quite telling when senior members of our squad are basically pleading with the men upstairs to get their asses into gear and put their hand in their pocket, and publicly too.
And the signs are not looking good at all. Stevan Jovetic has joined Manchester City for £22 million, Gonzalo Higuain has joined Napoli for £32 million and Wayne Rooney looks to join Chelsea or stay at Manchester United. So our last hope of strengthening our attack lies with Luis Suarez.
After making an opening bid of £30 million, we’ve followed it up with another bid of £40 million and £1. Liverpool have made it abundantly clear (as well as John Henry via his Twitter account) that something closer to £50 million will be needed for the Anfield club to even consider selling him. They have stated Cavani sold for £55 million and that Suarez is on the same level, if not better. And even if we bid around that price, they still might not sell.
The problem I have with all of this is that it all seems to be a bit of a joke, and I honestly believe that these bids aren’t serious. We bid £18 million for Lars Bender and didn’t follow it up. We haven’t even tried getting in another midfielder, so was that bid a token gesture? With Suarez, we started with a low bid and have now come in with £40 million. Now it’s clear it will take £50 million plus for Liverpool to sell and honestly, I can’t see Arsenal doing it.
First of all, would Arsene Wenger be crazy enough to spend £50 million plus on a single player. The most we have ever spent on a player was £15 million on Jose Antonio Reyes. Would Arsene risk his job on the ticking time bomb that is Luis Suarez? If he spends £50 million on Suarez and it doesn’t pay off (which is highly probable as he has a shocking attitude) then his head would be on the chopping block.
What is much more likely is that we sign no-one, the transfer window closes and they Arsene can proclaim that “we tried signing big players but the selling clubs would not cooperate”. With all of these “serious bids”, no-one could claim that he “didn’t try”.
And secondly, why on earth would we go for Luis Suarez for £50 million (or maybe more) when we could have technically purchased Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain for a combined £52 million? For an extra £2 million (which we can obviously afford now) we would have 2 world class strikers who aren’t banned for the first month of the season, have something to prove and would score a hatful of goals for us?
It’s because we’re not signing anyone. New strikers would “kill” Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
Jovetic, Higuain and Suarez were and are all pipe dreams.
The best we can do is support the squad we have now and hope they can do well for us next season.