Luis Suárez has been idolised like Kop legends of old at Anfield since joining from Ajax in 2011. Despite his shortcomings and the many headaches that he has caused the Liverpool hierarchy during his time in England, the club and its supporters have always stood by their controversial Uruguayan. There is no doubt that Arsenal are better-placed to challenge at the top end of the Premier League table and with the financial security of the Emirates Stadium, the Gunners have the cash to attract world-class talent. Although regulars in the Champions League, their exploits haven’t garnered any reward since their FA Cup triumph in 2005. Liverpool fans could understand Suárez moving to Real Madrid to taste regular silverware, no matter the reluctance, but joining Arsenal is entirely different proposition. There can be no doubting Suárez loves the club, but he has been swift in declaring his desire to move away. Liverpool stood by him in their support during the Patrice Evra saga which saw the striker handed an eight-match ban and the issue was compounded by his refusal to shake the Frenchman’s hand in their first meeting since the incident. While the club insisted poor results cost Kenny Daglish his job, the handling of the Suárez situation left him in an impossible position. It was a PR disaster. It cost Daglish his job but Suárez retained the backing of the club and he owes it to the Reds to repay them for that.
As the never-ending transfer saga concerning Suárez’s exit from Liverpool continues to gather momentum, the latest reports suggest the Uruguayan could favour a move to Arsenal. It would be an incredibly controversial move if the South American opted to join the Londoners. As snide as the transfer to one of Liverpool’s closest rivals for a spot in the Champions League next year would be, there are other compelling arguments to suggest a move to Arsenal would not be the former Ajax man’s finest decision. Given that one of the many complaints Suárez has voiced in order to push through his move away from Anfield has been the media, it seems bizarre that he would make the move to the capital. His dislike of the British media after being singled out for both his biting and racism controversies was viewed as the prime reasoning behind his motivation to escape. The attention on his every move both on and off the pitch would intensify enormously in London and with Champions League football at The Emirates next season, there is yet another avenue for his actions to be scrutinised further. Given that the Merseyside media have on occasion been sympathetic towards Suárez, the same could not be said for the those elsewhere. Suárez is clearly no ordinary man, and it appears obvious that his motive to leave Anfield is driven by his voracious appetite for Champions League football, but if he does harbour a serious dislike for the British media, it won’t get any easier in North London.
Any deal with Arsenal could scupper Suárez’s hopes of pushing through a move to Real Madrid. After flirting with Madrid for the majority of the summer, it is clear that the Uruguayan’s preference is Los Blancos. It would seem like somewhat of step down to make the move to Arsenal and perhaps shows just how desperate he is to move away from Liverpool. With Gonzalo Higuaín on the brink of a move to Napoli, it paves the way for Madrid to bid for the forward. So, it would be in Suárez’s interests not to be too hasty and push through any transfer to Arsenal. The issue with a move to the Gunners would lie in their trophyless drought that the club has endured but a spell with Madrid would bring about almost guaranteed success and a genuine Champions League challenge.
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