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Suarez to Arsenal - Would there be a Liverpool fans - FSG meltdown?

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If Liverpool do sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal, how will fans react?

Last year when Robin van Persie was sold to Manchester United, Arsenal fans were not happy.

The double-award winning Player of the Year was the Premier League's star man, and key to nearly everything positive about Arsenal in 2011/12.

Selling him was yet another example of the club cashing in on their star players, as had been seen in previous seasons and would even bite later that summer with Alex Song.

This one hurt though, to see their start player sold to a club who they once regarded as rivals. The bitterness still exists, but nowadays it's more of a one-way street with United fans far more concerned about Manchester City and Chelsea when it comes to bragging rights.

When the deal to sell Van Persie was agreed, Arsenal fans were furious, and vented their anger clearly, with their board and owner Stan Kroenke taking a roasting at their AGM. There was no replacement lined up, and it was purely a business deal rather than a footballing one.

What was worse, was that Arsenal were shellshocked by the sale, going onto record statistically their worst ever start to the season, and were knocked out of both cups by lower league opposition for the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign as manager.

Their season was only saved by a late run, and the fact it was rivals Spurs they were able to pip to fourth position, making it sweeter and glossing over the troublesome majority of the season.

One year on, Luis Suarez is in a similar position to Robin van Persie, and Liverpool's resolve to keep him is being tested.

Suarez has made no secret of his desire to quit the club, but his claims about wanting to leave because of the British press will seem quite disingenuous if he ends up at Arsenal.

We suspect Real Madrid will have a big say in this one, but if Suarez is sold to Arsenal, how will Liverpool fans feel about it?

Angry? Betrayed? Who will be the fall guy? In Arsenal's place, while Van Persie took his share of stick, it was the Arsenal management and board which took the majority of the flak. 

At least the Dutchman could say he was leaving to win silverware. How can Suarez claim similar at Arsenal, a club which has not won a trophy since 2005?

Liverpool fan and HITC writer Mal James recently wrote that he hopes the club do sell the Uruguayan, because his volatile nature makes him a ticking time bomb. How long will it be before he picks up another lengthy ban?

There is no doubting Suarez' ability on the pitch, but Liverpool showed at the end of last season they can get by without him, their 6-0 away win at Newcastle a case in point, and the way they have begun pre-season is also encouraging.

What we are ultimately asking, is if Suarez is sold to Arsenal, how much flak will owners FSG take from their own support?

Will their be a fan meltdown, and relations crucially damaged, or will the deceiving player get the brunt of the abuse?

Does it depend on whether the money is re-invested, or on how results on the pitch pan out without him?

What is your view? Will Suarez leave, and will you blame FSG for accepting a £40 million bid? Does it matter if it is from Real Madrid or Arsenal?

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