Suarez and Salvio - The future Arsenal double act?


Could Arsenal strike a double deal with Liverpool and Benfica, asks fan Steven Altman?

Arsenal fans must be reeling with recent events in the transfer market.

The huge sums of money being bandied around lately by the Arsenal management is enough to make any Gooner wonder if Wenger has eventually lost his inhibitions, thrown caution to the wind, and decided to 'go for broke.'

Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, and now Salvio of Benfica in the frame. The mind boggles!

However, attempting to analyse what Wenger actually hopes to achieve this season is rather more difficult and very confusing.

With Gervinho, who never really shone for the Gunners, reportedly on his way to Roma for 8 Million Euros, one could argue that they are a bit short up front with only Giroud and Yaya Sanogo a new player as the only two genuine centre forwards.

However, if one looks deeper into the team, there are other players that are capable of scoring goals: from the midfield in the form of Santi Carzola and Thomas Rosicky, from the wing in the form of Lukas Podolsky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and from midfield and defence Mikel Arteta and Laurent Koscielny.

Until players such as Giroud come into their own, there is a compelling argument that Arsenal lacks a genuine striker with a ruthless killer instinct.

So do the players that Arsenal is pursuing meet the mark?

Undoubtedly Luis Suarez is ruthless, clinical and very slippery in the six-yard box. His tally of goals attest to this on the one hand, whilst on the other, the price tag (transfer fee + weekly wages) and other baggage that he brings with him in the shape of behavioural issues might ultimately be too much for Arsenal to handle.

He would be banned from playing for the first 6 games anyway. However on balance, and if his behavioural issues can be controlled, he is, in my view, an effective buy who could spearhead Arsenal's season and propel them to success in one or more competitions.

I still feel however that the likelihood of him actually playing for Arsenal this season is rather remote. Liverpool is standing firm in refusing to sell, and although the £40 Million buy-out clause has been triggered, this will not necessarily lead to a sale.

We all know that Wayne Rooney is a capable centre forward. However he has been troubled of late because of his (past) relationship with David Moyes. Reports now say that although his first choice is Chelsea, if a deal can't be worked out there, he would be prepared to consider talking to Arsenal.

A backhanded compliment if there ever was one. Personally, I can't see him going to Arsenal under any circumstances, and whatsmore, I feel that if they struck a deal with United, Arsenal may end up being sorry. His heart is just not in it. I say leave him alone.

Salvio is a good choice. At 23 years old, he is able to alternate in both central attack or on the wing. The price tag attached to him is infinitely more palatable, and I think he would be an excellent option.

But how much money will be left in the pot if the Suarez deal actually goes through? In my view, enough to buy Salvio, the perfect foil for Suarez.

together the pair could be dynamic, interchanging between the left-hand side and attack. It would mean blowing Arsenal's whole budget, leaving potential gaps in defence, and midfield, but if we want entertainment, Arsenal may struggle to find a better suited double act to enhance their attack.

Could you see it working? Is Bernard a better option?

image: © Crystian Cruz

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