Ex-Arsenal star - 'I would rather have played against Suarez'

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says he’d rather have played against Luis Suarez than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Luis Suarez is arguably the best striker in the Premier League.

The Liverpool front man deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s got stuck into Brendan Rodgers’ side following his return from suspension, helping the Anfield club to stay near the top of the Premier League.

He’s a forward who scares the life out of many defenders, with several frequently pointing out how difficult it is to play against the Uruguayan.

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However, former Arsenal centre back Martin Keown reckons he could handle playing against the talented and slippery forward, preferring a match up against Suarez to a match up against Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

I would rather have played against Suarez, I think. Aguero’s more likeable, he’s Mr Clean, whereas with Suarez, because you know about his reputation for diving, it would put you more on edge and slightly more determined,” said Keown in a Q&A session for the Daily Mail.

You don’t want to play against an angry and annoyed Keown, just ask former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

One of the most famous images of Keown’s career was when he started dancing around dramatically after van Nistelrooy hit the bar from a penalty when Arsenal played United at Old Trafford.

On that occasion there was debate over whether the penalty should have been given and it seemed to put Keown on the borderline edge of insanity as he practically assaulted the Dutchman.

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There’s a good case to suggest that Suarez is a far more difficult forward to play against than van Nistelrooy was during his prime and it will be interesting to see how the Liverpool striker goes over the rest of the season.

So far he’s done everything he promised he was going to do and everything that Rodgers would have been asking from him.

He’s not sulking, he’s focused on driving the team towards success and he’s behaving himself, not looking likely to get caught up in some controversial incidents which have plagued his career so far.

 

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