You must have heard; it’s practically impossible to be an Arsenal fan and miss the extent to which news of our £40m (plus a pound) bid for Luis Suarez has been plastered across every news outlet out there.
The addition of the solitary pound onto the rounded figure of £4om was to ensure a clause in Suarez’s contract is met – not a buy-out clause, mind you. The extra 100 pennies activates a caveat that means Liverpool are duty bound to inform the player of our interest and that a firm offer has been made. I would assume those are two things our Uruguayan friend is already well aware of. A lot of betting outlets seem keen to suspened money being placed on Suarez leaving, and if doing such a thing is you bag, then you can always claim your UK Football betting coupon.
When it comes to the deal itself, I’ve stated before that I am against it, and that opinion is yet to change. There are some things you absolutely have to stick to your guns on.
I understand when it comes to viewing the possibility of Suarez at Arsenal purely on footballing terms, it’s easy to see it as a good thing. Few could debate Suarez’s ability. My problem is that ability does not come without the abhorrence of character, and the fact some seem so ready to overlook that now the concept of his move materialising grows in it’s potential.
Football fans are a fickle bunch. I’m one of them. There are wildly contrasting opinions within our supporters, and I consider myself to be neither of them and both of them. I’m a human being. I change my mind regularly. Sometimes I blindly support certain decisions, others I’m firmly against them. In my mind, we’re all a little bit AKB, and a little bit WOB.
Yet, there are some things it’s essential to remain firm on. Suarez has all the football ability in the world, but he is undeniably a nasty piece of work with disciplinary troubles apparent for the world to see. Ask yourself this; John Terry is an excellent centre-back – would you be ready to welcome him with open arms if it was rumoured Arsenal were looking at signing him? I didn’t think so…
I find it baffling that some are already making excuses for a man who’s behaviour in inexcusable. At £40m, the price is too steep when there are better options out there. Gonzalo Higuain may lack a little of the panache, but his goal scoring record is better, and he comes with zero baggage. For me, he’s the player we should be going after. If that fails, then there are options out there, especially now it seems we aren’t afraid to flex our financial muscles.
If a deal for Suarez is completed, I won’t complain. I won’t use the internet to slight a player that’s within our ranks, as that behaviour to me is counter productive. I’ll support the team just the same as I always would. What I won’t do is defend him, or feel especially at ease cheering him. I won’t ignore his past transgressions because of the Arsenal shirt he wears, and I won’t defend any future ones unless I genuinely feels he is treated unjustly.
With Liverpool set to reject yesterday’s bid, this deal is set to rumble on until the final day of the window. I’d hope Arsenal see the light and turn their attentions to someone else.
That’s not all for today folks. A little later on I will be publishing a guest post from Dyllan Munro – a new Arsenal blogger who’s kindly given me his views on our defensive situation. Keep an eye out for it.
Until then, the comments below are waiting for your opinions. For or against the deal, let me know.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.