The Barclays Premier League 2013/14 is upon us, or at least it will be very soon. The preseason games are underway, but if fans are entirely honest with themselves little will be genuinely gleaned from them. Sure, it’s positive to catch glimpses of youth players being given a platform to display their wares, but the reality is that all supporters eyes are focused on the back pages or more likely these days, their laptop screens.
The news shirts are out and at very long last, the powers that be have thrashed out the TV fixture listings so fans can get on with plotting their trips. Arsenal tickets 2013 are likely to be in greater demand than ever.
Arsenal’s protracted courting of Higuain appears to have either reached an impasse. Or a Mexican stand off. Or an Argentinian stand off, at least. The Sun reported a £23m deal was close but far from ‘a done deal.’ Since then the press have been writhing on a daily basis to find a way to construct some class of an update on a situation that clearly hasn’t moved one way or another.
It is important to factor in here that Real Madrid are kind of a big deal. And whilst when they buy a player they can act swiftly, for them to release on is always a more drawn out business. This isn’t a criticism, rather an observation based upon the club’s attention to ensuring that their squad is always as well balanced as they are able to keep it.
And so, enter stage left, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. This rumour is a curious one. When wading through the voluminous media content out there in relation to the player, it is difficult to reason why Suarez would join another Premier League side.
The obstacles to this move are pretty straightforward. The prospective fee that has been mooted is said to be north of £30m. Even the most dedicated Arsene Wenger supporter could see the old boy needing a sit down and a glass of water in response to such a figure. But it isn’t just the money with Luis Suarez. It isn’t just his astonishing skill with Luis Suarez.
It seems that football always needs a pantomime villain or two. It almost comes with territory. Luis Suarez however it could argued, should come with a health warning. Here we have a player who appears incapable of avoiding the ‘dark side’ of the beautiful game. For every amazing moment of talent, there seems to lurking close by one of cheating or even assault! The player has complained about the British referees, complained about the British press, complained about the British Prime Minister. Quite how any of these issues might be resolved by moving from Merseyside to London is quite frankly, anyone’s guess.
Moreover, is this the Arsenal way? The pressure to win is overwhelming in the modern game. The stakes have never been so high, the consequences of failure have never been so unforgiving. Characters like Suarez ask us to redefine the phrase ‘winning at all costs.’ There is a world of difference between being frustrated with your team and leaving the game having won, but knowing you face a week of being bombarded with unsavory allegations and frame by frame images of offenses as they happen.
In the final analysis, Higuain is well worth persevering with, and not just because he isn’t Luis Suarez. As a medium to long term bet, Higuain is far more likely to add more to Arsenal football club. It is vital that Arsenal continue to build and progress as they always have and it really is a struggle to see how a player like Suarez would be accommodated in that template.
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