A lot of opinion around the words I penned yesterday, plenty stated it was a speculation post… Fair enough, it was story wrapped around a conversation from the usual source. Take what you want from it, but know that its come from a good place and its far closer to the reality than the Arsene Wenger myth that’s bandied about. It’s not my opinion and it’s not based on third party chat.
Anyway, the first part of yesterday’s post is slotting nicely into position. Liverpool’s bluster about not selling will now be tested to the extreme after Luis Suarez made his big move… going to a high brow paper to tell the world why he wants to join Arsenal (and like I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve known he wants to join us as he’s agreed terms), as well as having a sad picture taken of him. The only thing that was missing was tears and photoshopped hand cuffs.
Sounds like he has a pretty good case for being miffed. As pointed out Comolli, he had a deal in place, Liverpool went back on their word.
“I am being accused of showing a lack of loyalty but last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we did not qualify for the Champions League the following season then I would be allowed to go.
“I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish. Now all I want is that Liverpool honour our agreement.
That’s dirty and f*cking classless. Still, at least Brendan Rodgers rep is in tact, you know, being the bastion of class.
“I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: ‘stay another season, and you have my word, if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave’
Oh right, I see.
Sounds like this was just a verbal agreement. Liverpool don’t have to honour a verbal 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,” insisted Suárez. “We have the backing of the PFA.”
Oh right, it’s down on paper as well. Liverpool really have played a shocker here, eh?
What he’s done in one swift move is destroy his relationship with the fans, the board and the manager. It’s not nice. We’ve been there countless times… but for me, it couldn’t happen to a classier club. The club Stevie G had to stay at because he was threatened by local gangsters when they heard he was off to Chelsea.
So whilst I’m not punching the air with satisfied joy yet… it’s looking good. Liverpool have two choices now, ride it out all summer, or, sell now and use the money wisely to recruit. If they were to play the intelligent game, sell now, buy now would probably be the best option. The only twist I can possibly see is that Liverpool try and smoke Madrid out. However, Madrid have spent £70m so far, plus the prospect of hammering out another £95m on Bale, it’s difficult to see where they’d find the money… especially with FFP coming.
As for the theory of Liverpool dropping their pants on price for a foreign club to spite Arsenal. A few things here…
1) Arsenal can pay cash now
2) Liverpool aren’t cash rich, every penny counts. If I had the choice of selling my car to an Arsenal fan for £30k or a Spurs fan for £40k, I can tell you, to hell with who we support.
3) Who would risk selling to any bankrupt country right now? They’d probably want to pay over 17 years… and there’s no guarantee of receiving the full amount.
One last key point from all of this… is this quote.
“I am 26, I need to be playing in the Champions League. I feel I have done enough to be playing in the Champions League at this stage of my career. Now there is an option for me to do that and I want very much to take it.’
So many people were saying we should drop out of the Champions League… which was always the worst idea in the world. Things might not work out this season trophy wise, but with a Suarez in the side, you have a chance. With Champions League football, you always have the cash flow to build. I never want to be Liverpool or Spurs.
So part one of our summer looks likely to drop. The big question now is what is in the managers head? He’s currently chasing Ligue 2 creative midfielders. What’s the plan Arsene? Who is your new right back? Who is covering Arteta in midfield? Who is your new goalkeeper? Where is the winger to replace Gervinho?
It’s all well and good having a world class striker… but what happens to the rest of the squad. Best case scenario, we have Suarez ready for action for October. That’s a lot of games. We could be out the running by then. We need to iron out squad issues now. Before the season starts.
Fellini is available for about one more week, Williams must have a deadline on him, I’m sure we could nab Begovic… that’s three Prem ready players who’d improve us immeasurably for £40m.
It’s easier than TESCO people!
The big fear is the euphoria of smashing our transfer record will act as a perfect haze for Wenger not to sign anyone else… That wouldn’t be good. Hopefully everyone at the club will continue to put pressure on him to make some moves. There are plenty of players out there ready to purchase. Plenty who could improve us. Hopefully the manager sees that.
Right, have a grand old day… see you in the comments.