Well, this is an interesting situation we find ourselves in isn’t it? It’s funny to think that only 12 months ago, the shoe was very much on the other injury prone foot in regards to a particular Dutchman leaving our own club to those scummy mongrels up north.
Yesterday, we say what was the equivalent of Van Persie’s calculated media statement from Suarez; an interview with the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. Suarez did not mince his words in this article, making it perfectly clear that he wants out of Liverpool. There was more talk about the clause in his contract, and verbal guarantees that were given to him by the club, which he believes are now not being honoured:
“Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” he revealed. “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement…I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that.”
The article went a long way to burning what’s left of Suarez’s Liverpool bridges in my opinion, which was clearly his intention, however, the argument regarding the clause has since had some cold water poured on it by PFA Chief Gordon Taylor, who has stated that Liverpool do not need to sell the player due to said clause.
Un-surprisingly, the above developments have drawn a response from Brendan Rodgers who claims that no promises were made to Luis, and that he “will take strong, decisive action” against Suarez after his efforts to earn a move.
All very interesting, but, where does this leave us now? Well, I for one, find it extremely hard to believe that Liverpool will not sell Suarez. They can posture and publically resist all they like, but Gooners of all people should be very familiar with these situations by now and what the outcome usually is. Player power is at the highest point that it has ever been across all world sports, especially football where contracts seem to mean nothing in the modern age.
Although I believe Suarez will definitely be sold, I am still slightly worried as to his potential destination. I feel that he is interested in coming to Arsenal, and should a deal be agreed he’ll speed down to the emirates faster than Andre Santos on his way to a training session. However, the lingering threat of a seemingly Bale-occupied Real Madrid is one that is extremely hard to ignore. That being said, it is looking extremely likely that Real Madrid will be successful in their pursuit for Bale, and will spend a hell of a lot of money (£100 million??) to do it, surely they won’t be chasing Suarez too….hopefully.
Which leads to the discussions surrounding the unspeakable; what’s the alternative? What’s Plan B? Is there even a Plan B? These are all questions that I’m sure are haunting many Gooners, particularly this one. After giving up on Higuain, it seems that Arsenal have now focused all their efforts on bringing in the Hungry One, and I for one am worried as to what the alternative would be if this deal fell through. Rooney is still seemingly available, but Jose has spoken several times about his desire to bring the Granny Shagger to Stamford Bridge. So, if Suarez falls through, where does this leave us? I honestly have no idea, from a transfer window that started ever so promisingly, with strikers like Falcao, Cavani, Lewandowski, Higuain, Rooney, Benteke and Suarez on the market, we have managed to back ourselves into a corner, a corner which the whole Footballing world now knows we’re stuck in.
If Liverpool do ultimately decide to sell to us, then it’s certainly going to take more than the £40,000,001 bid we last submitted. Liverpool are clearly in a difficult situation, but as mentioned above, the whole world knows that we’re in one too, and Liverpool seem willing to drag this on as long as possible, and why wouldn’t they? Suarez is suspended for the first 6 games, so it’s not as if they need to rush this deal through, in fact, they likely feel that dragging it out longer will lead to the possibility of a foreign club sticking their noses in and removing Suarez from the league, which is exactly what they want.
I just hope (as I’m sure all of you do) that not only is this saga concluded soon, but that the club is actually pursuing other deals behind the scenes, not just focusing all their efforts into Suarez, because to me anyway, it’s quite clear that there are other areas in this team that need strengthening, and with our first official game in little over a week, we’re leaving this all very late.
On a more positive subject, we’ve just released Episode Three of our Podcast, titled “I Thought Grasshoppers Were a Variety of Cat” has been released and is available for download on Podomatic (http://gunnersdownunder.podomatic.com/) and iTunes (it takes a little while for the file to appear on itunes, so you may have to wait a bit for that one).
There’s some discussion about the Emirates Cup, Players that have left the club, Players that haven’t joined the club (in particular Suarez) and some bashing of that arrogant prick Brendan Rodgers!
So, Please give it a listen and let us know your thoughts, we hope you enjoy it!
Until next time Gooners,
– Matty B