Initially it was my plan to avoid writing anything about transfers for a while. I opted against posting yesterday because I was working away on a piece about Robert Pires causing me to orgasm, and it required an extra draft before publication. That particular wordy delight will be headed your way tomorrow morning.
Plans change, and today there’s an unavoidable piece of news violently becoming popular on Twitter, and it’s even come from a reputable source:
Arsenal will submit their second offer (£41m) for Luis Suárez on Monday – via @GeoffArsenal
— Samuel (@samuelj29060) July 21, 2013
Hard to ignore, isn’t it?
Assuming that all is truthful, it’s a huge marker of intent from Arsenal, and certainly not short its fair share of controversy. As has been stated many times; few could argue Suarez has a lot to offer that’s good in terms of footballing ability, and equal amounts of bad when you take into account his loathsome personality.
There’s no way of avoiding that most Arsenal fans, had they been asked the question 3 months ago, would have listed him high in a Top 10 of the current most hated figures in English football. I certainly would have put him 2nd, behind John Terry.
And as it stands, I’m still torn between 2 opinions. At £41m, a player in possession of documented problems with attitude, and who will be missing for the first 6 league games, does not strike me a wise investment. Do we really want to spend all that money on someone likely to give us a couple of good season before gnawing on Jack Wilshere’s forearm because Real Madrid are showing an interest?
That’s usually how I look at it. But, as a player, he is quite brilliant, and I don’t doubt for a second he’d score goals and give us an extra edge up front. In fact; I’d go as far as saying he could be phenomenally successful in our style of play. Take away all the troubles and view it purely on those terms, and it’s impossible not to get a little excited.
If it happens, he going to need to do a lot to win me over. In a fan-base as ethnically diverse as ours, undoubtedly I’m not the only one. Signing Suarez is a huge risk that could pay off, or could be an enormous disater. Yes – that statement applies to most players, but few have as many warning signs displayed as prominently. I trust Arsene knows what he’s doing, but I’m going to be very dubious about him for quite some time if he sports the red and white of Arsenal.
Another player linked is Bayern’s Luiz Gustavo, and him I’m a big fan of him. I’ve watched him play quite a few times. Often when viewing other teams, I look through certain positions and imagine their personnel at The Emirates. Gustavo is tough-tackiling in midfield and physically strong. Our midfield lacks that. Given he could be acquired for as little as £10m, and is still only 25-years-old, he’d be a excellent piece of business. I hope this one proves to be more than rumour.
That’s all for today folks. Please do pop back tomorrow morning to read my piece about Robert Pires. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. All that remains for today is to point you toward the comments. No need to point any of you in the direction of a talking point…
As always: thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.