Last summer Arsenal went all out to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool following the striker’s public declaration that he was looking to leave Anfield.
The Gunners made an offer of £40,000,001 for the 27-year-old, just £1 more than what was then the Uruguayan’s buy-out clause.
Although Olivier Giroud did improve last season from his debut campaign in the English top flight in 2012-13, the France international did not hit the heights that Suarez did, leading some to wonder what if the former Ajax star had moved to the Emirates Stadium.
However, Arsenal legend Sol Campbell believes that the North London club dodged a bullet by failing to secure the signature of Suarez, pointing out his unsavoury behaviour at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
‘Mentality-wise he would not have been a good fit for Arsenal’, the former Tottenham Hotspur defender told Goal.com. ‘He has been caught [biting players] a few times now, including Brainslav Ivanovic.
‘He has said he is sorry, but it is not a classy thing to do. He has done it on the biggest stage ever [at the World Cup] and for me it shows a lack of respect’.
Suarez appeared to be a reformed character until he bit Italy international defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder in Brazil, which is perhaps a major reason why Liverpool decided to sell him to Barcelona for a reported transfer fee of £75 million earlier this summer.
Yet, one cannot ignore the footballing prowess of Suarez, who was easily Liverpool’s best player last season and led them to within just two points of eventual league winners Manchester City.
On the other hand, Arsenal had to settle for fourth place once again, with striker Giroud improving but not enough to lead the Gunners to Premier League glory.
However, not being able to sign Suarez has proved to be beneficial to Arsenal in the long term as at this moment in time, the North London outfit are in a better position in terms of winning the league title than their rivals Liverpool are.
Liverpool were heavily reliant on Suarez last season and his departure has left a big hole in Brendan Rodgers’s attack which the manager may not be able to fill.
Are Arsenal better off without Luis Suarez?