Luiz Suarez’s latest comments last night have been taken differently by the two sets of supporters involved. Quite rightly the Liverpool fans feel disrespected and let down but on the other hand Arsenal supporters have been given the boost of a potential world class signing for their team.
As an Arsenal fan, last year’s Robin van Persie statement is still fresh in my mind and has left me not caring too much about loyalty, especially after the Nasri and Fabregas transfers. On one hand I feel sorry for the Liverpool fans who have heard him commit to the club numerous times and give him all of their support, though I am glad for once that it is not Arsenal in Liverpool’s position facing the prospect of losing their best player.
It is quite clear that Real Madrid are not trying to pursue the Uruguayan so his talk of a club giving him an offer to play Champions League football points to Arsenal as the only suitor.
It is funny that many pundits and so called experts who have ridiculed Arsenal’s pursuit of European cup football over the chance of a domestic cup can be proved so wrong, when in fact a player of Suarez’s ability publicly states that the chance to play in Europe’s top tier competition is the reason for his departure.
The dilemma for Arsenal fans, including myself, is the compromise between Suarez the prodigiously talented striker and Luis Suarez who bites an opponent or racially abuses Patrice Evra. If he can bring his behaviour under control then the potential move is great business from Arsenal and it could push us on to greater things.
However the risk in all of this is that he not only embarrasses himself but also brings down the reputation of the club he plays for and in Arsenal’s case is that of a club that has a long history of tradition and class. We have been seen to be doing things the right way for so long, now is not the time to stop.
I’ve no doubt that Suarez would score a lot of goals for Arsenal and I’m sure he will fit into our style of play but you cannot deny that there is a huge risk in taking him and I’m starting to believe as this saga rumbles on that this risk is one worth taking.
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