A few days ago it was reported Liverpool are planning life without Luis Suarez. So if reports are to be believed, should Arsenal look to reignite their interest in the 26-year-old in January?
According to sources, the striker has confided in friends that he remains determined to quit Anfield to join a club that is capable of challenging for honours. And with Suarez also not being cup-tied he could provide a club a much needed boost in the Champions League.
Much has been spoken about Suarez over the summer and I personally went on a bit unsure whether we should sign him or not.
My reason for not signing him remains the same though and that is he comes with a LOT of baggage and I do not think he is the kind of player I would like to see at Arsenal. And my reason for signing him is simply that he is a great player and Arsene Wenger could work his magic on him and turn his attitude around. He would certainly be an asset to the club, but he has the potential to be extremely volatile and trouble seems to follow him.
While the fact still remains Arsenal are walking a very, very tight line this season with the squad that we have available, the return of Santi Cazorla and Bacary Sagna comes as a welcome return with Theo Walcott expected to be two weeks away and Lukas Podolski set to follow shortly after. It could indicate that we have had our ‘injury blip’ for the season and have managed to come out of it relatively well. However, losing Olivier Giroud could leave us very short indeed.
I will stick my neck on the line and say that I expect Arsenal to add to the squad in January and I would hope that we will be looking to sign a striker. However, I don’t think for a second that’ll be Suarez.
So, should Arsenal look to sign him? In my opinion, no I don’t think he is the right player we need and I think spending over £50 million would be a huge gamble even Wenger isn’t willing to take. I would be happier with spending £30-40 million on a player and using the other £10-20 million to bring in another defender, especially if Thomas Vermaelen leaves in the January.
We have to realise that although we are in a much better position financially, there is no point spending £50 million on a controversial striker and then having exactly the same problem in defence next season. So I would rather a cautious approach from Arsenal this January and seeing another striker come in other than Suarez for such a high fee.