Ok, ok, so all the patience that we’ve been preaching finally took some reward last night when Arsenal, after two months, started to take market price seriously. Literally, for the first time since 1999. The clubs pursuit of Luis Suarez knocked up into 4th gear. Ivan Gazidis offered £40,000,001 for the Uruguay international last night which meant Liverpool had to formally tell the striker this had happened…
… Like he wasn’t fully aware already right?
Now, this of course means bugger all outside us being serious for once. Liverpool still rejected the offer, somehow believing a club out there is ready to jump in with a £55m offer. No chance at all in my opinion. He’s no Cavani and Liverpool are no Napoli. £40m is an amazing sum of money for a player with more baggage than John Leslie.
Real Madrid would still seem the favourites if they fancy him. My hope is the Bale stories of a transfer request are true and he occupies their thoughts. Most people in the game believed Bale had agreed to one more year, but I guess David Moyes and his embarrassing summer have put paid to that so far. If he has asked for a transfer request out of Spurs, that’d be very interesting, mainly because Spurs have been spending money this summer, what £85m would do to their plans makes me judder… mainly because that’s two seasons of Champions League money. Think about that.
Arsene thinks Luis Suarez is the best striker in the league and he believes with him on board, we could win the league. It’s hard to disagree we’d be a different beast with him in the side. The player has given encouragement to the club, they know he wants in. That comes from the Arsenal players who have relationships with him… my main concern is that we’re behaving like a big club now, but we’re not quite super elite like Madrid or Bayern. If a team like that matches our offer… well, it’s goodbye Suarez and by the time that happens, it’ll likely be goodbye Higuain.
I found it amusing that John Henry asked what Ivan was smoking when he bid £40m for Suarez. Errr, John, what were you injecting, drinking and smoking when you signed off deals for Andy Carroll and Stuart Downing? I mean seriously, that must have been a crazy 7 day bender in Vietnam…
What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) July 24, 2013
The player is dividing opinion amongst the fanbase. You have the drama queens claiming they’ll relinquish their season tickets if he joins. I mean, seriously, have a quiet word with anyone protesting to that level. Then you have the ‘If he scored, I won’t celebrate’… eerrrr, yes you will. Again, some people think the world is their stage and they’ll play up to anything. Simple facts of football are these…
1. Footballers don’t have morals. Too much money and debauchery at an age where you really don’t need either.
2. Footballers aren’t educated.
3. Footballers don’t care.
If you want to take a moral standpoint on what Luis Suarez did, fine, but bear in mind a few things. Firstly, he comes from a culture where those things he said were acceptable. He grew up with 18+ years of that acceptability ingrained into him. He wasn’t given the tools, like we are in Western society, to free himself from said bad views (education, community, broadband internet).
Also other things to bear in mind. This has happened once. An isolated incident. In sport, you do dim things in the heat of the moment. If you’ve played Sunday League football, you’ll know what I mean (I’m not talking racist things, but don’t tell me you’ve never told an opposition player what his mum was doing round your house the night prior to the game). An isolated incident on the national stage is still outrageous for a grown man, but it doesn’t mean he’s subscribing to extremist EDL material in his spare time.
You can take offence to his actions, but you are essentially taking offence at somebody you should probably sympathise with. He’s just a dim footballer.
If you waste your life trying to hold people like these up as role models, you really are going to spend your whole life quitting your season ticket.
None of the above means I condone racism. It just means that there are two sides two every grubby story.
As for the biting thing. Please. I can’t even be bothered to get myself too deep into this one. If that’s your gripe, your really do need to get a grip. Ivanovic is apparently such an unsavoury character, even the Chelsea players hate him. The bite was so tepid, you didn’t even get a back page shot of the bruise it left. Not to mention the fact we’ve had players gob, punch and slap opponents. It’s all handbags.
Onto something else less controversial. Bernard rumours are hotting up like a gas fire… on gas mark 6.5. I’ve done some pretty extensive research on him. By that, I mean I’ve consumed two videos. He looks pretty good. He’s playing for Athletico Miniero. They’re in the Copa Liberatores semi final. The South American Champions League. He’s managed 15 goals and 12 assists in a season that boasts 46 games. Not bad for someone who is 20 years old. He’s fast, 5ft4… which is so small it’s almost a benefit. He can play with either foot, he’s mobile, very skilful and he could well be the top quality replacement we’re looking for with Gervinho heading out the other way… can you believe we’re getting a fee from Roma? Amazing.
Right, that’s me done for the day.
See you in the comments. Can’t wait to see how many people ask me if I condone racism… Twitter, you predicatable beast.