And We’re BackBy: Lachlan | July 16th, 2013
I wish I was in Vietnam at the moment. Its halfway between raining and snowing here, and I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun. But I guess this way I won’t have to play football in the sweltering heat.
So I guess I should start with apologies. I can’t speak for the others, but I let you down. I had to send my computer to be repaired, and that resulted in reformatting of the drive. Whilst I remembered to back up all of my work, I didn’t consider backing up my emails or bookmarks, and as such I lost the link to the page where I can write articles. I got a bit slack and it has taken me until now, when I’ve had a bit of down time during the off season, to take the time to chase down all of the details again.
Luckily I managed to find them saved away on my old phone, so I can do some posting again. I doubt I’ll do much, but occasionally I’ll put something up. Most of you guys have probably stopped checking the site sadly, so to begin with at least, this will be as much for my own benefit as the readers.
If anyone is reading, drop a comment below so I know that you are out there.
Where to begin?
What do I think?
After all the rumours about his moves to Real Madrid or Munich I was a little perplexed. To the casual observer, this season Luis Suarez has been incredible. He has managed to save Liverpool from being even worse than they were. Time and time again.
However, I have always thought that whilst he has moments of brilliance, in general, he doesn’t seem to be a prolific player who would fit nicely into a top system. I like to compare he and Cavani, given the fact that they line up together for Uruguay. Cavani is a relatively big striker, with decent pace, incredible positioning and clinical finishing. If we could sign any player in the world based purely on ability (ignoring Ronaldo and Messi), he would be my choice.
On the other hand, Suarez has wasteful finishing and possession, whilst also possessing top level diving, racism and cannibalism. Sure, he has scored quite a few goals this season, but at what cost? His stats are woeful. Liverpool hoard the ball to Luis Suarez constantly, and he is more than happy to act as the team’s ball whore and ‘create his own shot’, as my Liverpool supporting friend constantly assures me excuses his poor passing, dribbling and shooting.
My favourite Arsenal blogger at the moment, Tim from 7amkickoff.com (who also does the ‘by the numbers’ pieces for Arseblog) has done a fair bit of statistical analysis of Suarez and has concluded, based on the stats, much the same as what I suspected. I have included one of the tables that he has whipped up to quickly highlight what I mean.
(The original article can be found here and I recommend that everyone gives it a read.)
I, like every previous summer, have found myself confident that this would finally be the summer that Arsenal made one of those big signings. The sort that makes players want to stop leaving. The sort that gets young kids supporting the team again. The sort that gets sponsors lining up to pay us money. That sort of statement could have been achieved last year if Van Persie has resigned, in addition to the new additions to the squad that were made before he left.
Whilst I always have a little bit of a feeling that Arsenal will once again disappoint me, this summer is different. We have the new deals starting up, and we have no obvious players who might leave. The only two were Vermaelen and Sagna, and even if they did leave, would it have really taken that much away from the team? As much as I love those two, their contribution last term weren’t what they could have been. I hope that they remain at the club (and that Sagna resigns) and they can contribute through their experience on and off the pitch.
In addition to keeping all of our players, it is looking like we might be able to make a key signing or two. I find Arsenal’s pursuit of Suarez an interesting one. I find it hard to believe that Suarez would want to move to Arsenal, or that Arsenal would want Suarez. He wouldn’t be particularly suited to our system I wouldn’t have thought, and in addition, he is a cheating, racist cannibal.
Sadly though, last night there was confirmation from Liverpool that Arsenal had made a second bid on him (likely for £35 million). In some ways I am over the moon that Arsenal are willing to smash their transfer record. But in most ways I am devastated that we are willing to smash it with Luis Suarez!
Maybe there is more to the story, and we are in fact trying to kick Madrid into gear in their pursuit to get our hands on Higuain. Maybe we have been pursuing the other good options (such as Higuain, Soldado, Gomez, Jovetic, Rooney) and have not made much ground with them. Chelsea must be after a striker, and City seem desperate to get their hands on one. Tottenham are also in the hunt and I’d be shocked if Munich didn’t sign someone to replace Gomez when he goes. As such, it might be hard for us to sign the sort of player that will excite the fans whilst making a significant contribution on the pitch.
Anyway, I think that will do me for today. I might chuck something up again in the next few days, especially if we make any signings this week. I don’t think we will, but there is a decent chance.
Enjoy your week everyone.