It’s a narrative not unfamiliar to Arsenal – Luis Suarez (Liverpool’s best player by a country mile) has publicly stated his desire to leave the club, the club and the manager Brendan Rodgers have insisted he is not for sale as he is under contract, a bigger rival club (Arsenal) have made an initial bid which was immediately rejected.
The player has stated he is ‘flattered’ by the ‘interest’, the chasers have made a second bid, triggering a contract clause that stipulated the player must be informed of the bid (as if he didn’t already know) and the suitors have agreed personal terms in theory.
After 8 years without a trophy and three captains in a row defecting, along with numerous other key players, Arsenal have seemingly decided if you can’t beat them, join them. The Gunners have evolved from prey into predators this summer and have set their sights on Liverpool.
Offering £40,000,001 is a bit of an insult to Liverpool, as it was believed to be £1 over the mark at which Liverpool would either be required to release the player or, at the very least, to inform him of the offer.
Liverpool obviously don’t want to sell the player – just as Arsenal were reluctant to sell Robin van Persie to Manchester United, Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy to Manchester City, and further back Ashley Cole to Chelsea. Arsenal know how it feels to be the victims preyed upon by the playground bullies – the big boys with Sugar Daddies with deeper pockets.
Now, however, it would seem as though Arsenal are hoping to join the big boys in pursuit of big achievements – the Gunners desperately want a trophy and signing a player like Luis Suarez would surely help them on their way to doing just that.
Liverpool are at a disadvantage – financially, they don’t anywhere near the ‘kitty’ Arsenal have to throw around this summer but also because they don’t play in the Champions League – something they will be hoping to address next season and keeping Suarez is in many ways linked to the possibility of that dream being realized.
If Arsenal sign Luis Suarez they will emulate the behavior of the clubs who have hurt them so badly over the last 8 years – Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona. It is a trait of narcissism that it is, in a strange way, contagious – those who are initially the victims of narcissistic people often resort to adapting the behavior of their aggressors.
Arsenal have been one of the smaller fish in the pond and now they are taking their frustration out on an even smaller fish flapping around in terror in a small pond with and ever-increasing number of bigger badder fish. They are the new predators of the Premier League and Liverpool look set to become their first prey.
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