Arsenal seem to have an annual meeting with Barcelona officials just before a new League season begins to discuss possible player exchanges and for the coming summer, one of the subjects of transfer to the Emirates will be Luis Suarez.
This is according to the Daily Star, who believe the Gunners’ bosses have not quite given up hopes of landing Suarez despite failed attempts in the past.
The chances may appear slim, as he only just joined Barcelona last August in a £75m move, but the paucity of his returns in front of goal – just 2 since his October debut – and the supposed unsettlement that would come with the dismissal of the man – Andoni Zubizaretta – who convinced the Barca board to go for him despite his disciplinary issues, leaves his exit ajar.
Alexis Sanchez was the player who had to make way for Suarez at Barcelona and the Chilean has done much at the Emirates to prove the Blaugranas may have made a mistake by letting him go. While Alexis has soared, taking the Premier League by storm and leading Arsenal’s charge to glory on three fronts, the former Liverpool striker has not quite settled into the La Liga, looking not the same player who plundered 31 league goals, having played 6 less games than his challengers.
If you combine “Impossible is Nothing” with “When you fail, you try again and again”, you would see why Arsene Wenger feels there is every chance of landing the feisty Uruguayan in the coming summer. Much has been written about the failed 2013 bid that was supposed to trigger a non-existent buy-out clause and it is credible to believe the Gunners negotiators would have learnt well from that experience.
It is not certain, though, that Suarez has fond memories of his ‘treatment’ by the English Press during his three seasons in the Premier League, having served two bans for two different cases of improper conduct, including the racism row that involved Patrice Evra. Wenger has not established a reputation of going for players whose careers have been mired in some controversy and while Suarez’s time at the Camp Nou has been low-key on that front, it is not beyond expectation to expect him to get riled up by the higher intensity and pressure that comes with the game in England if he did return.
He is still a genius World Class player and only a few in the game can match his hunger and passion for goals. Gooners can only imagine what could have been if he had eventually moved to Arsenal last season, seeing how close his goals came to bringing Liverpool a first Premier League title in over a decade.
It’s still a very l-o-n-g shot but if his poor form continues till the end of the season, Barca could be interested in giving him some fresh air somewhere. This is the game of football, and you just never know.
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