After what felt like weeks of waiting for confirmation, Arsenal fans finally received assurance on Tuesday that they’d signed Malaga winger Santi Cazorla. Naturally, fans were overjoyed and they’ve been riding waves of satisfaction ever since. Finally, their club is showing ambition and aside from Chelsea, they look the Premier League side most prepared for the coming season. Whether or not things pan out for them remains to be seen. Likewise, it’s unclear whether the Gunners will seek to add further additions to their squad. I’m sure Arsenal fans will be hoping that they do.
Given the general sense of Euphoria surrounding the club, I hope I can be excused for reading the headline, ‘Arsenal in the running for Suarez’ and thinking that the world has gone mad. Could Arsene Wenger really be after Liverpool’s troublesome but talented forward Luis Suarez? No, he’s not, as it turned out (and indeed, the Uruguayan recently signed a new contract with the Reds).
Let’s jump straight to the key talking point: Suarez was set to join CSKA Moscow in a £11.3m deal, only for the Russians to pull out when the Belgian failed a medical. Alarm bells should immediately be ringing. If CSKA weren’t interested (but were willing to spend that much money originally) the extent of the injury must be pretty bad. It’d certainly be a risk for a club like Arsenal to sign him.
Still, there’s no doubting his talent. The 24-year-old played a key-role in Anderlecht’s (a real hot-bed of talent) title winning side last season. He scored 12 goals and collected the Belgian Player of the Year Award. What’s more, Herman Van Holsbeeck, Anderlecht’s general manager has previously claimed, “Everyone in the transfer market agrees that Suarez has more talent that [Romelu] Lukaku”. Given Lukaku’s worth and ability, that’s no small praise.
He’ll secure a move soon enough, but this injury looks to be a major roadblock in his career. I would suggest that Arsenal offer him a way out, but it’s my feeling that the Gunners already have enough crocks on board their squad. At the moment they simply can’t afford the risk.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal gamble on Matias Suarez?
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