All bets are off - Suarez to Arsenal?

A bizarre turn of events has unfolded as the nation’s bookmakers stopped taking bets last night on the speculative transfer of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to Arsenal.

According to The Sun, the Uruguayan became an overnight ‘target’ of the Gunners as manager Arsene Wenger hopes to bolster his front line this summer.

The North Londoners have been linked with potentially record-breaking bids for Gonzalo HIguain, Stevan Jovetic and Wayne Rooney. Now, however, it appears the French boss could be preparing to take a gamble himself.

The 26-year-old Reds striker has made it abundantly clear in recent weeks and months that he has found himself somewhat uncomfortable in the Premier League where he has been a controversial and divisive figure since his move from Ajax in 2011.

Suarez scored an impressive 30 goals and made 11 assists for Liverpool in all competitions but took the gloss off their campaign with his biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and subsequently earning himself a ten-game ban from the FA.

It’s hard to believe that Arsene Wenger would be considering him – his immense talent is not in doubt but his behavior on the pitch is certainly a concern for any potential suitors this summer.

According to recent reports Real Madrid and European champions Bayern Munich were chasing his signature and, given his troubles in England, a foreign club would make more sense for the player and his current club who would surely be reluctant to sell their best player to a direct domestic rival.

Arsenal have publicly declared they have money to spend this summer and, furthermore, the manager will be under pressure to spend it and spend it wisely. For that reason alone, I can’t imagine him taking a £25 million gamble on Suarez.

Whilst it’s not impossible, it also seems unlikely that Suarez would opt to move to another Premier League club – one would have thought he’d have a least one offer from a big club abroad and given his talent and form, he could have his pick of the globe.

Overall, if I had to hazard a guess, I wouldn’t expect to see Luis Suarez playing red next term – not for Arsenal and probably not for Liverpool either. Who knows, though, maybe the bookies know something I don’t?

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