Arsenal should sign Luis Suarez. In fact they must sign Luis Suarez.
The controversial Uruguayan is exactly what we need. This is not just because of his goal-scoring ability, which is beyond doubt having scored 23 goals last year, but because of the attitude he has, which is truly one of “they all hate me, and I don’t care”, after his controversies with Patrice Evra and Branislav Ivanovic.
He revels in being disliked, like Jose Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson. This is a clear sign of a true winner. And this is exactly what Arsenal need.
In recent years one of Arsenal’s problems is that they have lacked a ruthless streak. They have almost been too nice, afraid to take the lesser teams to the cleaners, despite having a much better team on paper.
Signing Luis Suarez will help to give the team more of a tougher edge against mid and lower table opposition. This is because of his burning desire to win, which frequently leads him into controversies.
This was described by his Groningen team-mate Hugo Alves: "He does anything to win, he is a winner. And because of his way of thinking, if he is in the heat of the moment, full of emotion, he makes these kind of mistakes”.
His handball on the line which stopped Ghana winning the World Cup quarter final well illustrates what sort of player he is. That incident showed a selfless streak in him, which cannot be said for some of the players who have passed through the Emirates in recent years.
Having him in the team will make us much more likely to kill off the likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland, and so be more likely to avoid those disappointing results that for so long have held us back.
Of course many will disagree with me on this. Many will say that a player who uses racist language, albeit because of a cultural misunderstanding( not that that was an any valid excuse) and bites people is not the right kind of player for Arsenal.
Well I say to these people: do you want to carry on signing the likes of Eboue and Denilson and sneak into fourth place every year while winning nothing, or do you want to sign Suarez and actually try and push on to win something?
Do we really want to be like Tottenham or Real Madrid, where the belief that the team had to play in the “right” way has held them back for years, and in the case of Real Madrid led to the hounding out of one of the best managers of this generation?