Hello and good morning to you all. It’s Wednesday which means there’s only a few days left until the beginning of the Emirates Cup on Saturday and although I’d like to think we might have a signing or two made by then, it’s starting to look very unlikely.
The Suarez deal seems to have hit a bit of a brick wall where the only way of any progress occurring is if he either submits a transfer request or we up our bid. I don’t really feel that at this moment in time the club are going to make an improved offer. I thought we might a few days back however now I’m starting to think we’re going to focus on a different target – Wayne Rooney.
It’s clear that he wants to leave despite Man Utd confirming that he’s not for sale. However, as Arsenal fans we all know from past experiences how this ends up. The player either stays and gets paid a lot more money (like Rooney did a few years ago) or he leaves (like Cesc, Nasri or van Cunt). Now, the only two clubs that will take him are ourselves and Chelsea, every other decent club in Europe has a striker now. Man Utd have already rejected Chelsea’s first bid of £25m for him, which means it’s likely they’ll return with a second bid of roughly £30m.
I do think that is the kind of money Man Utd want, perhaps £35m, but I do wonder if they’d accept it? A friend of mine on Twitter @puppygut5 is under the firm belief that they won’t sell to Chelsea, but not necessarily because of the club but because of Mourinho. The thought of selling to a man who they have such a negative and controversial history with is out of the equation. They also consider Chelsea a bigger threat for the title than Arsenal, especially if they had Rooney. So it does make sense that they may prefer to sell to us instead.
I’ve been told by a few trustworthy fellas that the prospect of Arsenal certainly appeals to Wayne and he’d also prefer work under Wenger than Jose, too. I don’t think wages will be an issue, either. I think we can afford to give him a healthy enough package which will be more than agreeable for both him and his agent.
So what happens from here? I honestly think Arsenal are going to enter a bit of a bidding war for Rooney and find out exactly how much he’ll cost. Then they’ll weigh up their options between him and Suarez and decide who they’ll go for. In my opinion, the Suarez deal is going to go right down to the last week and potentially last day of the transfer window. The Rooney deal however, may be concluded within two weeks because Man Utd will be looking to find a replacement that can lift the fans and the players.
I think if you compare the packages, you have two very good options in them both. When you stack them up against each other over the past two seasons, you have the following
Suarez – 83 appearances, 47 goals, 21 assists
Rooney – 82 appearances, 50 goals, 18 assists
So, quite remarkably and coincidentally we have two very similar strikers in terms of statistics. They both have scored or contributed to a total of 68 goals over two seasons which is an impressive average of 34 a season. They’re both clearly very talented and able to contribute massively to their squads, so realistically we could do with either of them in our team.
You’ve gotta ask yourself, who would you rather prefer? For me, it’s a simple choice and it’s Wayne Rooney. I’d argue that when they’re both having blinders, Wayne Rooney is the better player and certainly a more complete striker. You also have to consider the baggage that comes with Suarez. He’s controversy central and if you think that’ll come to a halt under Wenger than you’re wrong. Add to the equation that Rooney will also be able to contribute instantly as he has no six game ban to fulfil and it’s an even easier choice.
The main thing for me and the overall decider though, is his experience and desire to win. He is a five time Premier League winner, not to mention the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, two time League Cup and three time Community Cup winners medals he has. We are desperate for somebody with such achievements, he will create such a hunger within the squad to win. He will not be coming to Arsenal to spend the next few years not winning, he will refuse that and he’ll ensure that mentality is fluent within the players, too.
Think about the affect he’d have on the young British core. He’d be the leader they all look to and strive to be. He’ll be the man they want to emulate in terms of personal and club success. I would absolutely love him at the club and I think if you asked the players who they’d rather out of him and Suarez the majority would choose him.
So, there’s my opinion, what’s yours? Who would you prefer? Right now, I would take either because I’m growing tired of the speculation and ever-growing doubts among the fans however if it was a choice I’d take Wayne all day.
For all of you that are worried that we won’t sign anybody, don’t let that bother you. We have two deals practically done that we’re holding back because we want the striker to be the first one. Once he’s sorted, we’ll probably announce the others soon after so expect about three transfers within a week or so. Who these players are I don’t know, however I’ve heard that one of them is somebody that hasn’t been mentioned in the press yet but is entirely dependant on Cesc. I’m hoping it’s Reus, please be that little German bundle of brilliance. Please!
That’s all for today, we’ll see how things progress over the week but I’d expect it’ll be quite quiet now until next week at least. Have a good day, more tomorrow.