7/17/2013 03:41:00 pm

'He should leave' - Arsenal legend urges £40m LFC star to quit Anfield 'sideshow'

Arsenal are reportedly preparing to up their bid for Luis Suarez to £40m, and according to Gunners legend Martin Keown, Suarez simply has to leave Liverpool this summer.

In his column for the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Keown did his old boss a favour by fanning the flames of speculation, insisting that Suarez needs to go to a club 'which is matching his achievements as an individual'. He argued:

"Suarez should leave Liverpool. Once a player says they want to go, there’s little point trying to keep them.

"The Suarez saga will just be a sideshow until well into September unless he leaves. It will hurt after how much the club have stood by him through the racism row and the biting incident but I can’t see it ending any other way".


Keown will no doubt be aware of Arsenal's interest, and rather conspicuously, he neglects to mention whether he'd like to see the Suarez sign for his old club.

The Suarez situation will not cease to be be a 'sideshow' just because he goes to Arsenal, and he'll still be banned for the first six games of the season, which makes it even more mystifying (to me) that Wenger actually appears to want the Uruguayan.

One thing seems certain: if Suarez signs for Arsenal, he will forever burn his bridges with many Liverpool fans, who may refuse to forgive him for apparently lying about his reasons for desperately trying to engineer a move away from Anfield.



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52 Comments :

liverpool4life565 said...

We Should NOT sell to arsenal, tell the, 60 million :) if Real Madrid offer higuain and 15 million we should accept. Selling to a PL rival who also want top 4 is a bad idea.

Jay Wright said...

Some people take football way too personally. Whether Suarez goes to Arsenal or not is irrelevant to me at this point. I just want to make sure LFC aren't replacing him with another bunch of rejects and kids.


Ship him out asap, get some legit starting players into the team immediately and the impact of Suarez's departure will be a net positive.

Mike Aitcheson said...

Arsenal are the best chance of us getting top 4 next season, can't see Man Utd and City or Chelsea dropping out .
He had better go abroad or there will be uproar

DeveshChil said...

I support your logic!!!

Mike Aitcheson said...

Still undervaluing Suarez, Higuain is worth what? £25m?

Galway Gooner said...

Your headline is misleading, he never says that Anfield is a sideshow, rather that the Suarez transfer saga (is it a saga yet??) will continue to be a sideshow until it is resolved. Which is a pretty fair point. Stop trying to create a story out of a non-comment.
Not sure if I want him at The Arsenal, great player and would score bucket loads with us but he's a bit of a git isn't he....

liverpool4life565 said...

I agree but I rather see Suarez go abroad than go to another PL club

Chico mawa said...

Suarez must to go, I am a Liverpool fun, I been arguing with arsenal, Chelsea, man city and Man U fun to defend him from their insult and critics, it hurt to see the idiot wiling to move to a English club after all they did to him, the guy is just a stupid ingrate, in my own opinion he should go, no every club has Suarez in their team, we are Liverpool player will come and go Liverpool will remain Liverpool

jordangooner said...

I can fully Liverpool being unhappy with Suarez, wishing to leavel, after the way the club and supporters have stood by him. However whilst Arsenal are apparently are a selling club. When we lost Cole, Nasri, Hleb,Song Van Persie, all these players left for more money and some had been tapped up in advance. Whilst Liverpool and Arsenal fans are not happy this is the reality of modern football.

The days of Steve Gerrard and Tony Adams are long gone. I would like to hold players to there contract, but realisticaly, clubs always take the money. Suarez will probably be sold to an ovevseas club. For Arsenal, who now have a good squad, 'there are plenty of fish in the sea'. And we have the finances to move forward.

jordangooner said...

Will Liverpool pay the £150 thousand pounds a week, he had agreed to join Arsenal? Also would he be accept being part of an exchange deal? No chance on the latter.

Jay Wright said...

Arsenal's squad is at least as strong as Man U's. I know they don't have the proven world class matchwinner atm, but I honestly think that Giroud is under-rated and could have a really good season next year. Podolski & Walcott are also quality forwards so I'm not really sure that upfront is their 'weakest area'...


Just avoiding Arsenal's overtures could be a case of cutting off our nose to spite our face anyway. Far better to just have the whole thing over and done with and move on, instead of being so petty about somebody that has caused so much damage to the image of LFC in his short spell at the club (his antics have definitely caused the club more damage than his goals have done us good!)

muncho said...

What about Spurs and Everton - you need to overhaul them as well! Hahaha! Dont worry about the big boy stuff

James32 said...

Baahahaha, Higuain would never agree to play for Liverpool, good footballers want to play in the Champions League!

liverpool4life565 said...

Didn't know you knew higuain? Oh you don't.... So how do you know he wouldn't join?:) your OWN opinion.

liverpool4life565 said...

Depends how much we want him. Our top earner is 140K how much is yours? Oh 100k. :)

jordangooner said...

Arsenal have a good squad this year, with Wilshere fit, I expect Giroud to score a lot more goals. Everyone says how poor Arsenal defence is, but it was the second best in the league last season. So the other 18 teams that conceded more than us, will have to improve.

martincork said...

if its silverware he wants, let him go to arsenal and be disappointed.

RAY said...

please please SELL DOWNING - PLEASE PLEASE

Jay Wright said...

Spurs should be targeting a title challenge. Assuming they can finally get in a legit striker of course. As should Chelsea, Man City, Man U and Arsenal.


At least one team is going to flop though. And there's no reason that Liverpool should not aspire to capitalise on any failings and get back amongst the Top 4.


It obviously won't be happening with the way the transfer dealings are going atm though... :(

Jay Wright said...

That must be what has convinced two of the most high profile strikers in the world to join newly promoted Monaco!

yadie said...

Jaimie Kanwar, are you a LFC, I ask this becuase every time i read something you write, you are either misleading with your headline, disrespectful to LFC or one of our players. You never say anything positive and when you give some info on possible transfer you get so wrong!! are you some type of manc!!

DecDec89 said...

Very good point Jay. But I have to say, football draws out a strong, tribal emotion which is sometimes difficult to switch off. (Impossible in my case!) This could be perceived as taking the game too personally, but if not for these emotions invoking opinions, football would not be what it is. That passion is what has made the game what it is today.
I too think we have enough 'young potential' for now and am desperate for two or three quality signings, (with or without Suarez) that will make us a respected team.
At the moment, our squad is, unfortunately, not at CL level....

DecDec89 said...

Agree that Arsenal can offer CL. BUT, can they offer silverware? I think not, so really, that move for him is not an improvement if his desire is to win stuff.....

OriginalChan said...

I change my mind on how much we should be asking for Suarez! Because I can't believe how much the biggest backside in football has generated in terms of transfer fees in his name, if his move to Monaco goes through. I talk about Hulk. What a joke.

Max said...

I hope the Luis Suarez soap opera ends soon!

OriginalChan said...

If we only had insane amount of money and dubious relationship with a certain super agent ;)

AlwaysRed said...

You won't be saying that when Arsenal fail to progress to the group stage!

Jay Wright said...

Would that mean that we'd be able to offer Champions League football so that good players would want to join right now? :-/

Piete Bebbington said...

Higuain wouldn't sign for a team not in Europe.. Benteke is liverpools best bet.

OriginalChan said...

Well not straight away obviously as you know but a lot of money will tempt players to a non-CL club, especially when suspicious but powerful third parties are involved. And I don't think we got the benefit of either at the moment. Not that I'd want it, despite my playful comment earlier of 'if only we had'. Just seems so shady. I was just saying why they signed for Monaco.

rah said...

he doesnt want to leave :@

gilstrap said...

i dont think arsenal have any intention of buying suarez...If we said yes to 40m they would sh*t themselves...you don't change a club ethos overnight...fsg have been linked with players we all know wont come....id sell suarez for 40m to who ever wants him ....we said the same things about torres going to Chelsea and hes done nothing....how a player performs at one club doesn't necessarily cross over to another club....

gilstrap said...

benteke and 15 m in the bank is good business considering suarez will miss the first set of games.....our season could well be over by the time he comes back ...and thats if he comes back the same after all that's gone on....without sounding two faced ....lets ship the cheating buck tooth t*at out....

OriginalChan said...

If he is desperate to leave Real & Real play hardball over a straight cash offer with Arsenal & Napoli and/or Real would prefer a cash + player deal for Suarez, he may not have much choice but to be a part ex.

billy the cat said...

just heard chealsea are interested and will use ivanovic as bait !!

Kieren said...

He does that quite a lot. I've gotten used to it now

Max said...

I would prefer Mata on that hook thank you very much :)

gilstrap said...

Real are playing hardball because the know playing for them is most south American footballers aim....I actually hold no malice to Suarez as he has always give 100% to the cause.from his own standpoint a move away may benefit him ...but he wont win anything at arsenal they flatter to decieve and i don't think he wants to go there and Real know this.

gilstrap said...

no good footballers want to win it something arsenal will never achieve

gilstrap said...

remind me when was the last time arsenal won anything....come back when you have actually won anything in europe

gilstrap said...

my sentiments as long as we spend the transfer on quality

OriginalChan said...

ouch

Jay Wright said...

I get the tribal thing about our own clubs and wish I could turn off any passion for Liverpool, especially over the last few years!


I don't understand why fans continue to feel slighted (or enamoured) by the words of any particular player though. Surely it must be obvious to all and sundry by now that football is just a job to these guys, and the players will do whatever they consider to be in their own best interests, whether that be pledging their love for a new club or seeking a transfer elsewhere.

Jay Wright said...

As long as the players perform while they're getting paid by LFC, and give us the opportunity to get in legit replacements when they're ready to move on, then I'm hunky dory...

Jay Wright said...

Exactly - the point is everybody keeps talking about "CL football" when there are clearly more mitigating factors than that.


Btw, I remember large numbers of our fans calling for far more shady characters than are at Monaco & City to take us over a few years ago...

DecDec89 said...

I suppose as loyal, passionate fans, we expect those that pull on the shirt to be as passionate and committed as us.
Whilst some will show loyalty, it is fast becoming a sentiment of yesteryear. The disloyalty that some of these players can show often cuts deep, leading back to emotion and resentment.
You are spot on with your opinion and their own interests will nowadays always be the most profound.
It's unfortunate but fast becoming accepted, a trend of the modern world we live in.....
I also agree that as long as they do the business on the pitch, allowing my ecstatic emotion to spill into the world around me, then I too am more than hunky dory..... :)

Syed Faraaz said...

choosin aresenal lol now why would he do that for if he wants to win silverware

OriginalChan said...

Yes but more often than not, CL football usually triumphs. More often than not, there aren't mitigating factors. So it is a valid point if circumstances are simple but in our case it isn't, as Real want Suarez, hence a potential power card where Higuain is involved, as well as the alleged lack of suitors for Higuain at the price Real want for him. Which is what I explained to one of the Gooners above who was going on about us not having CL football. The principle of needing CL football doesn't always apply but it is more often than not, a right one.

You talking about DIC?

Niall O'Reilly said...

Suarez has already set his bridges alight,While they're not ashes yet they're not far off it,I just don't see why he'd go to Arsenal,Why?How can there be a lure of CL football there when they have realistically no chance of EVER winning it? It's harsh but it's the truth.And lets face it they don't have much chance of the league either.Sell Suarez but NOT to a club in the PL,He's not going to end up a Torres Mk2 I can almost guarantee that,not after him scoring 30 goals last season.

BEAST said...

The reception our players got in JAKARTA was out of this world.You get a reminder of how big this club is when we do these mini tours.
In this country, small clubs with big money are viewed as football royalty and the rest are seen like starters to a main course.It's nice to see we've picked up some loyal enthusiastic support that sticks with us through tough times and doesn't jump on the latest money train club.
We should act like the size of club we are and not allow SUAREZ go to ARSENAL it'll just gift wrap them 4th place similar to how they handed MAN U the title with RVP last summer.When a big club makes small club moves it bites them on the backside.SUAREZ leaves the PL or stays with us.If he comes out with the I refuse to play line we should turn him into mighty red and force him to cheerlead the team!

Boss said...

Some pls pay up so that this saga can shut up..... Maybe I should stop reading these stories?!

Slipperie_Slope said...

Go to a club that is matching his ambitions??...a club that sells its star striker to direct rivals and gets into the champions league on the last day of the season thanks to spurs being a bunch of bottlers. Sorry Marty be its Real or nothing.
Unrelated note but anyone know anything about Eriksen to AC rumour, seems to be gathering pace. If true it's another failure to convince a promising young star of our ambition...

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