COMMENTARY | Arsenal has reportedly had a £30 million bid for Luis Suárez rebuffed by Liverpool. Arsenal's interest in the polarizing player appears a bit surprising. While Suárez has announced his hopes to leave Liverpool this summer, he has also proclaimed his wishes to leave the Premier League altogether. The Uruguay international seems keen to blame the British media for his recent problems. Despite Suárez's wishes to leave Liverpool, the club has made it clear that they do not wish to sell the immensely talented, yet troubled striker this summer.
The 26 year old striker has a reputation of being a goal scoring machine since arriving to Liverpool from Ajax in January of 2011. However, Suárez also has a reputation as a dirty player. Since his arrival to the Premier League, Suárez has been banned eight games for racially abusing a player, one game for an "obscene gesture" towards opposing fans, and a ten game suspension for biting a player during a match.
The audacious bid by Arsenal may very well show that times are changing for the Gunners. Arsenal fans have been waiting for a summer spending spree for years; however they only feel disappointed come the end of the transfer period on the last day of August each year.
While the Gunners haven't yet gotten their high-profile name(s) this summer (they have signed 20 year old Yaya Sanogo from French club Auxerre), it seems that every week Arsenal is being linked with a player that would blow the club's previous transfer record out of the water. Within the last few weeks, Arsenal has been reportedly linked with Suárez (£30 million), Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuaín (£23 million), and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (£20 million).
Although Higuaín's move to the Emirates appears close, it remains to be seen whether the Gunners can lure another big name player or two to north London. One would bet that neither Suárez nor Rooney will be playing their home matches at the Emirates this upcoming season; however, the Gunners do finally appear ready to spend some of their reported £70 million transfer kitty this summer.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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