Arsene Wenger has reignited the Gunners pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claiming he is the club's sole transfer target in this window. Despite the rejection of Arsenal's initial bid for the Uruguayan forward, Wenger is looking to test the Liverpool reserve with a fresh offer and tempt Suarez to The Emirates through the possibility of Champions League football next season. Aided by their well-documented new lease of financial prosperity, are Arsenal finally showing the ambition required to challenge for major silverware once again?
With Arsenal and Liverpool's true aspirations for the future hugely dependent on the outcome of this deal; Suarez could be the focal point of either side's success story this season. However, Suarez, who has scored 38 goals in 77 games for Liverpool, is desperate to showcase his breath-taking ability in European football's premier competition. Acknowledging the rare scarcity of European football at Anfield this season, Liverpool know that Suarez is indispensable to their vital qualification push. After rejecting Arsenal's respectable 40 million (and 1 pound) bid for the striker, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, unnerved by the negotiations, hopes to mould his current crop around the want-away mercurial talent.
Looking to seize upon Rodgers prized asset, Wenger hopes the Uruguayan striker can be the marquee signing of Arsenal's auspicious 'new era'. Although Suarez isn't exactly poster boy material, he still signifies the calibre of player that Arsenal are now in the market for. The signing of Suarez would not only make a bold statement to their potential title rivals, but would also seal the seemingly untenable gap left by former hero Robin Van Persie. The inconsistent form of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott has led the Gunners boss to desperately chase the Uruguayan international. Outstandingly gifted, Suarez could hold the selfishness needed to convert the cohesive Arsenal passing machine into a ruthless attacking force.
Aside from his spectacular ability, Suarez is the indisputable 'marmite' of the English game. Already due to miss the first six games of the season, Suarez has been involved in his fair share of controversially tasteless incidents during his time at Anfield. Followed by allegations of racism and violent conduct, The Uruguayan will never be a front runner for FIFA fair play awards. The possibility of Suarez joining the North London club carries its own moral dilemma for every Arsenal fan, is it imperative that the team progresses or that the moral fabric of the club remains intact? Should Arsenal be interested in a player whose poor discipline leaves him ineligible for substantial parts of the season? After eight trophy less years, I'll let you decide.
Suarez opitimises the good and bad of modern day football. From remarkable skill to arrogant lunacy, Suarez conveys the two opposite sides of the vast footballing spectrum. Regardless of his behavioural mishaps, world class players have the ability to transform a good side into a truly great side. Luis Suarez may be a flawed genius, but a genius nonetheless.