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Luis Suarez holds key to Arsenal success

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Arsenal's audacious attempt's to sign Liverpool forward Luis Suarez could be a masterstroke by Arsene Wenger - the Uruguayan would certainly thrive at the Emirates - while the speculation could also help bring on an agreement for Gonzalo Higuain.

The Frenchman's surprising interest in Suarez has evoked a polarisation in the opinions of Gunners supporters worldwide. Twitter was quickly the site of much debate regarding the player's behaviour rather than his talents, and how this may or may not fit the 'Arsenal way'.

Even if the interest is proven to be a smokescreen for Wenger's priority target, Higuain, the case of Suarez is still an interesting one to contemplate for Arsenal fans, whom must be silently content at the calibre of player their club is taking a liking to this summer.   

Undesirable antics aside, Luis Suarez's 2012/13 statistics boast some of the best in the Premier League, the stand-out figure being his 23 goals in 33 games, a goal-game ratio of 0.7. Such a ratio vastly betters that of both the Arsenal top-scorer, Theo Walcott (0.44) and Olivier Giroud (0.32).  

Although both of these players performed crucial roles in the Gunners' snatching of Champion's League football, a mathematical eye can only see the addition of Suarez as a substantial improvement to the club's chances of finally ending their notorious trophy drought.  

The benefits of the Uruguyan are not limited to his goal-scoring prowess, as he also holds a noticeable talent for both assisting and creating goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates. 

The last campaign saw Suarez provide 11 assists, and perhaps more impressively, create 84 chances throughout the season. 

Up until Suarez's ban in April, only David Silva and Leighton Baines had created more opportunities for their respective sides, ranking him not only among the best in terms of goal-scoring, but also in creating chances. 

As a point of comparison for Arsenal, the debut-season sensation, Santi Cazorla managed just one shy of Suarez's total, creating 83 chances throughout 2012/2013, but recorded a superior 13 assists.  

Suarez's chance creation and assist totals impressively match up to Arsenal's creative hub, especially when considering that this is not his primary purpose, a point that is further emphasised when noting that Olivier Giroud managed to create a season total of 34 chances.  

Statistics have undoubtedly shown that Suarez would improve Arsenal's current attacking game immensely, but it would also be of interest to compare his abilities with that of Higuain, the favourite to be wearing the red and white of Arsenal next season. 

Higuain achieved 16 goals and created 22 chances in 28 games for Real Madrid last term, starting the game on the substitute's bench for a notable amount of these fixtures.  

Suarez appears to overshadow his South-American counterpart in terms of both goal-scoring and creativity, which may perhaps justify his substantially larger price-tag, reportedly in the region of £50m.

Arsene Wenger, if interested in Suarez, can be excused for overlooking the Uruguyan's unpredictable behaviour, seeing instead his undeniable talents. 

Although, following suggestions that the Suarez to Arsenal story is likely a hoax, then perhaps some Arsenal fans will be quietly disappointed that such a player will not be gracing the Emirates in the forthcoming season. 

 

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