How Salvio could be a better long term signing for Arsenal than Suarez

Arsenal are reportedly pondering a £30 million offer for Eduardo Salvio of Portuguese side Benfica.

If attempts to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool turn out to be fruitless, Arsene Wenger will have to look elsewhere for attacking ammunition as the Gunners head into the new season.

Salvio is a player who could offer Arsenal a number of different positives which they wouldn’t get from a deal for Suarez and while they would be naïve not to try and get the Liverpool forward, it’s not the end of the world if they can’t agree a fee with the Anfield side.

Salvio can offer Arsenal different roles in attack whereas Suarez will only ever be used as a centre forward.

The 23-year-old Argentine can be used as either a striker or as a right winger, which provides Arsene Wenger with different options, covering more angles in the event of injuries and suspensions which accumulate over the course of a season.

His ability to play on the wing is important considered the way Wenger has had to used Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott in wider positions, both players who have admitted they would rather play as centre forwards.

That would take a world of pressure away from Wenger who would be able to use either player more regularly as a number nine or number ten, complimenting Olivier Giroud and also easing the pressure on the French striker.

The fact Salvio is three-years younger than Suarez is also significant because he may feel like he has a greater point to prove as opposed to Suarez, who is already a very established attacking player in English football.

Arsenal would benefit from Salvio’s natural attributes as a young man; that youthful energy and determination to adapt to Arsenal, the sort of drive and ambition which comes from new players coming into a foreign league for the first time.

From a business point of view Salvio is the better option because he’s cheaper. The fee involved won’t be as high as the one needed to sign Suarez and the personal package is likely to be smaller.

Arsenal are very much the perfect example of a modern football club with a strong business theme, so the overall costs involved will benefit the club because a smaller amount is going out.

Suarez offers experience and goals, but Arsenal would have to cope with the baggage which follows him around, the fact he’s a target for the British press and the fact they would have to pay ridiculous amounts of cash to get him.

Salvio will not be as instantly effective for Arsenal but he could still be a superb signing for the club over coming seasons, and unlikier to ditch the Gunners for Real Madrid or pick up a lengthy ban.

What do you think Salvio could offer Arsenal that Suarez can’t?

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