We all know what’s been happening with Luis Suarez, and we are now at the end game. Arsene Wenger has two choices, and which one will be pick?
We started this whole saga by submitting a bid of £30 million to Liverpool which was immediately rejected. After some consideration (and some kind of belief that there was a release clause in the contract) we bid what will probably the most famous amount in British football, a price of £40 million and £1.
What followed was a lot of talk from Liverpool. First they mentioned the “lack of class” we supposedly had and their owner, John W Henry famously asked what Arsenal were smoking over there at the Emirates. And Brendan Rogers talked a lot, mentioning how Luis Suarez was not for sale, and then admitting that he could be if the price is right.
Rightly so, Liverpool publicly came out and said Luis Suarez was going nowhere. Saying anything other than that would immediately reduce his market value. But Luis Suarez had other ideas.
He came out yesterday and basically cut all ties with the club. He talked about giving everything to Liverpool, how Rogers reneged on a verbal agreement and desire to play in the Champions League.
The response from Liverpool and Rogers, was to force Suarez to train alone as he has shown “total disrespect to the club”. And if you’re on Twitter, there have been pictures going around of Luis Suarez crying, but whether they’re real are a joke are yet to be seen.
So this situation has now reached breaking point.
What will Arsene do?
The first option is to finally go and get him. It would be an understatement to say that Liverpool aren’t happy so what will it take for them to sell Luis Suarez? Some Liverpool fans are saying that they can be patient because he’s banned for the first 6 games of the season anyway and others are even saying they’d rather keep him and let him rot in the reserves.
But we know that’s not how it works.
Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri are players who have manufactured moves away and we haven’t been able to stop them. In the end, if a player wants to leave then the best thing to do is try and get the highest price you can. That all makes sense, but will Liverpool follow the same rules? They bought Andy Carroll for £35 million so you never know what the Liverpool hierarchy are thinking.
If Liverpool can play a waiting game then technically, so can Arsenal. Because of his ban, he can’t play for us anyway (although surely he could in the CL qualifiers?) and getting him on the last day of the transfer window wouldn’t make a huge difference. The problem I have is that the longer we leave it, the more likely he will move somewhere else instead.
There’s no doubt Luis Suarez has burnt all bridges at Anfield, and there’s also no doubt that Liverpool would much rather sell Suarez to another club that isn’t a “Top 4 rival”. If Real Madrid lose out on Bale, what’s stopping them chasing Suarez? If another big European club start turning their attentions to Suarez then there would be major doubts about him coming to Arsenal.
Liverpool have spent decent amounts of money this summer strengthening their squad and are targeting the Top 4. With Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea having superior squads then it is Arsenal (and Tottenham) who are the biggest threat to that. You can argue that Liverpool are still a way off the Top 4 but in their minds giving us Suarez would be a step backwards.
If Arsene doesn’t get his finger out and make something happen soon, I can see this whole sorry saga ending in tears.