Diary of a Gooner – Neil talks transfers, Suárez and Wenger. Saturday – August 3rd, 2013.

The Luis Suárez transfer saga is a very familiar one for Gooners.  For the past three years we have been involved in the transfer of the summer but always on the selling end.

This year however that has changed and we are the buying club yet for some reason it still feels like we are blaming the club and manager for the potential failure of the transfer. I have always felt Arsène has been spot on regarding transfers and the prices the club pays.  Just because the club has given Arsène a rumoured £100m transfer budget doesnt mean we have to spend a single penny.  Improvements to the team through the purchase of players such as Suárez are mouth watering just at the thought but we are now in a time where clubs are paying over the odds just because they can.  Sure Arsenal can afford to pay these types of fees but the one thing Im proud of is that we won’t be bullied into paying extortionate fees for players (e.g. Higuaín) who may or may not make the contribution we would have hoped.

Liverpool are putting up a strong fight to keep a player that has stated he wishes to leave to play for a club who can offer him Champions League football, something Liverpool can’t offer.  While we can offer Suárez the one thing he desires, is he worth the £50m Liverpool may demand for his signature?  The answer I feel is no.  £40m is a fairer number for the club to pay Liverpool to then spend three-quarters of it on an average player to replace the outgoing player.  Luis Suárez is a world class player but at the same time he is a potential ticking time bomb and if not controlled could lead to complications for himself and the club’s image.  Arsenal prides itself on the class it displays and has players who can be looked at as role models (we’ll ignore Bendtner for this statement).  We have to decide if the player matches the fee and if the baggage he carries is worth taking on.

So the question, is Arsène Wenger or the board to blame for not wanting to pay a fee that may guarantee access to talk to the player?  Again, no.  We have every right to pay what we feel is a fair fee and if no fee can be agreed then we move on to the next target, it isn’t the end of the world.  If the player really does wish to leave then he can protest in hope a compromise may come from somewhere.

Regarding the fans screaming to spend all the money, I would happily see one more player arrive to tide us over until there are youth players ready to make the step up to the first team.  This is the first time in a long time I have been excited for the future of Arsenal when you have players such as Eisfeld, Akpom, Olsson, Gnabry and Miyaichi on the doorstep, with Zelalem a couple of years behind them.  Get a player or two to keep us competitive for a couple of more seasons then hopefully our youth will be ready to make the jump.
We don’t need to spend the millions the fans are demanding, we just need to spend the right amount of money on the right player(s) and be patient.  Arsenal will be back to being what we should be, champions, with Arsène Wenger holding the trophy above his head.

In Arsène we trust.

Neil.

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