Former-Arsenal great Alan Smith believes the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to land a trophy this season and is thus prepared to turn a blind eye towards chief target Luis Suarez's personal shortcomings.
Smith, who works as a Sky Sports pundit, said at the channel's 2013-14 season launch that his former club has needed a player of the quality of Suarez, who possesses a will to win not found in many, for quite a long time now.
"He's of a character I think that Arsenal have needed over the last few years, that they haven't had," he said.
"That nastiness, that aggressiveness he has, that will to win. There aren't too many within the Arsenal squad that are like that.
Smith further addded that he believes Wenger may have finally accepted that he needs a different approach to win trophies.
"It marks a sea change from Arsene Wenger I think that he is after people like that.
"I think he's probably realized that in order to end that drought, he needs to head in a slightly different direction. So it's encouraging from that point of view, not so encouraging to hear Liverpool's statement on the subject... you know it's pretty emphatic.
But according to Smith, inspite of Wenger's new found resolve to target established players, he is not going to pay over the odds to land a player.
"I don't think Arsenal are then going to slap £60m on the table, that's not the way they do things. So they have probably gone nearly as far as they are prepared to go.
"If you're Arsene Wenger, you're looking elsewhere, desperately looking really because they've made no secret of the fact that they've got plenty of money to spend both in transfer fees and wages.
"The fans were getting excited towards the end of last season and, all of a sudden we're in mid-August and nothing's happened.
Smith, who himself was a top-scorer for the Gunners for a consecutive four seasons during his time at the club, is also of the opinion that Wenger's apparent willingness to bring Suarez, who has a history of attracting negative press, to the Emirates suggests a desperateness within the club to win a trophy this season.
"From Arsenal's point of view, there is a slight hint of desperation in it, you are taking a chance if you are going to sign someone like Suarez.
"But Arsenal now are desperate to end that trophy drought. They want to go for players with the maximum ability, he's a top, top player we all know that. He's almost turning a blind eye to the other side of his character."
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