A look at 5 controversial Arsenal players, as Suarez pursuit heats up

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We take a look at five controversial Arsenal players of past and present, and see how they compare to transfer target Luis Suarez

One thing you could never say about Luis Suarez is that he's boring. The best word for it is probably controversial. While he may be a supremely talented player, he is also a lightning rod for trouble; whether biting opponents, allegedly using racist abuse or breaking Ghanaian hearts with his own hand of god moment, he can’t keep his mane out of the headlines.

So with this in mind, some people are bound to question the sanity of bringing in a player who courts more controversy every single season.

But Arsenal have had their fair share of controversial footballers themselves in the past - and here are five of them…

Charlie George

The controversial forward once jumped up and down on the chest of Chopper Harris. He is said to also have liked to flick the ‘V’ to opposing fans, tell linesmen to stick his flag up his arse, got done for head-butting Kevin Keegan. This mercurial Arsenal legend was also a pretty talented footballer.

Nowadays he is a tour guide at the Emirates Stadium, but he used to raise hell like no other on and off the pitch as an Arsenal player.

Nicolas Anelka

The French striker is one of the more controversial and divisive figures in the game, but it was at Arsenal he first showcased that side of his nature.

He was the Gunners top scorer in the 1998-99 season, despite being only 20-years-old and that earned him interest from Real Madrid.

When he learnt of the interest he went on that infamous 'cob' that earned him the nickname ‘Le Sulk’.

In the end - after making it clear he did want a move - Arsenal flogged him for £22.3 million.

Nicklas Bendtner

The Dane is a player who often gets caught with his pants down. When he isn’t claiming to be one of the best players in the world, he is driving down the wrong side of a Copenhagen highway.

I don’t know which one you have to be drunker to do ?

Tony Adams

In September 1996 the Arsenal skipper announced to the world he was an alcoholic and was seeking treatment.

It followed many a rumour throughout his career of nightclub brawls, playing games drunk and boozed up falls.

The arrival of Arsene Wenger helped him overcome his problems, and since then Adams has set up the Sporting Chance Clinic to help sportsmen struggling with mental health problems and substance abuse.

Paul Merson

‘Mers’ was another London lad who was brought up in a culture of gambling and booze - both of which got the better of him.

He battled with drug and gambling addictions throughout his career, and still gets into the odd scrape every now and again now.

Would Suarez rival any of these players for controversy ? 

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