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Is Luis Suarez worth the money?

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Remember when your Gran gave you a handful of pennies and told you not to spend it all at once? 

Well Arsene Wenger clearly had a very lax grandmother with deep pockets.

So what's Arsene got his eye on? Reportedly, a 5-foot-11 Uruguayan with a bad track record for keeping his teeth to himself. 

He's not Arsenal's usual investment; he's high maintenance, out of his teens and not from a former French colony, but he is a deadly hitman. 

Luis Suárez has netted 38 times in 77 appearances for Liverpool and 81 in 110 games for former club Ajax. That's attractive, but is it £50 million worth of attractive?

Because Luis has got hidden charges, like match bans and disputes, and an irritating habit of prostrating himself at the slightest provocation. 

He hits the net regularly, but arguably not as consistently and accurately as other Premier League strikers. Has Arsene checked out all the possibilities? What about Romelu Lukaku? Last season he scored more goals per game than Suárez. Steven Fletcher? He has greater accuracy and a better chance conversion rate. In fact, Wenger could sign Fletcher, Lukaku and throw in Gonzalo Higuain for the same price as the Uruguayan hit-man. 

I'm not suggesting that as a viable possibility for the London club, it's just food for thought.

I'm not disputing that he's a brilliant footballer; he was the second highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season, but if we look at the assists table, we find that Arsenal don't need to look very far to bolster the strike force. 

Unsurprisingly, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard top the table and Wayne Rooney sits at number five, but numbers three and four are both Gunners, Santiago Cazorla and Theo Walcott. 

Santi also sits pretty at number three on the list of most 'creative' players last season, but with talk of a shock exit by the Spanish wizard this summer, could Arsenal wave goodbye to their top of the table dreams as well as their midfielder with a rumoured departure to Atletico Madrid?

But statistics are just statistics. How can you put a value on creativity? 

Brendan Rogers has worked out how and he reckons Suárez is worth a hefty £50 million. Wenger hasn't raised an eyebrow. 

He is after all bankrolled by an Uzbek-born Russian business magnate worth $17.6 billion (figure taken from Forbes) though, so £50 million is just a cheeky gamble for Usmanov. And Suárez is a bit of a gamble.

There's no doubt he'll perform; he'll score goals, he'll provide assists, he'll get the club brilliant media publicity, he'll boost fan morale, but he's also likely to do something stupid or offensive and get himself another match ban. 

He's a bit of a repeat offender and I can't see his exploits coming to an end with a move to the Emirates.

Wenger is often criticised for not bringing big names to Arsenal, but if he's not careful he could splash rather a lot of cash on a big name who gives the club a bad name. If the deal goes through though, I can't imagine Arsenal fans complaining. 

Sometimes talent makes up for bad behaviour and, so far, Suárez has survived his incidents through fine form, but if the Uruguayan fails to settle at the Emirates and gets tied up in another public dispute, he may find his new club become less and less inclined to support him.

Any story with Suárez in the title is bound to receive a somewhat divisive set of responses. What do you think a future in London could bring for the Liverpool striker? 

Fame and glory or unhappiness and unsavoury headlines?

 

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