Arsenal fans may be surprised to hear rumours of the team's interest in Luis Suarez. According to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph, Liverpool's wantaway striker was the subject of a £30 million bid from the North London club.
Such a gutsy attempt certainly highlights Arsene Wenger's increased ambition, but Suarez's potential Emirates switch couldn't be further from what the Gunners need. Sure, the Uruguayan is a terrific player, guarantees plenty of goals and certainly fits into the Arsenal ethos of free-flowing football, but the stigma of signing such a notorious figure is too much for any English club to bear.
Suarez's hate-hate relationship with the English media has reached its tipping point. Since receiving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra in 2011, the striker has done very little to help promote his public image. Suarez refused to shake the French full-back's hand in the first meeting after his sentence, continued to dive across the pitch like a flailing salmon and even decided to munch down on the delicacy known as Branislav Ivanovic.
These incidents have painted Suarez as Public Enemy No. 1 throughout the country. Although Paul Brown of the Daily Star reports he feels unfairly bullied in the Premier League, this is a player whose entire career has stemmed from controversy. For every goal, piece of technical flair or ridiculous skill, Suarez has damaged his prospects by acting recklessly.
Does Arsene Wenger really need a player who has publicly revealed he doesn't want to remain in England? While a transfer to Arsenal remains highly unlikely, the French manager would be risking it all to keep Suarez in the Premier League.
Morale at the Emirates should be buzzing right now. Arsenal performed excellently toward the conclusion of the 2012/13 campaign, securing the final Champions League spot with an unbeaten run that remains at 10 games. Since losing 2-1 to rivals Tottenham Hotspur on March 3, Wenger's men solely focused on toppling their local enemies, an objective that was duly achieved with a 1-0 win against Newcastle on the final day of the season.
The Gunners have benefitted from solely focusing on football. No Cesc Fabregas or Robin van Persie affair threatens to ruin their summer, and for once, Wenger can look to spend major cash on world-class talents for a successful future.
Would landing Luis Suarez reinforce that message?
The answer is an emphatic no. In fact, any bid for the 26-year-old could be read rather curiously. Is Wenger endorsing the striker's cheating ways, racist mishaps and affinity for playing the villain? Certainly not, but these are the types of questions that arise from his potential transfer.
Juventus' interest has gone cold since landing Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, perhaps after the irony of Suarez wearing a black and white shirt became too much to handle. Although Andy Hunter of The Guardian has reported the player's interest in joining Real Madrid, the Spanish giants have been slow to positively act on his desire. Despite being one of the world's most effective forwards, a lack of bids for Suarez speaks volumes.
At this point in his career, the striker must leave England if he is to salvage any kind of personal satisfaction. A mutual hatred between player and press ensures he will never be an unequivocal success in the Premier League, and it would be wrong for Arsenal to prolong a relationship that is destined to fail, especially as the club's name could be tarnished during the process.
He may have provided plenty of memorable goals for Liverpool, but Luis Suarez has undoubtedly blemished the reputation of the Merseyside club. Worst of all, after Anfield bosses continued to back their most valuable asset, Suarez is more than willing to quit now that he feels victimised.
Is that really the player Arsenal need for a successful future?
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