Out of all the notable transfer sagas that occurred over the summer, few were more intriguing than Arsenal's public pursuit of Luis Suarez.
After lying almost dormant for years in the transfer market, Arsenal burst in to life as they fired in several bids for the Liverpool star.
Arsenal's need for a striker was obvious but few were expecting them to go for such a global star, especially because of the controversial baggage he brings with him.
At the height of the saga, it looked as though Arsenal would get their man. A £40m plus £1 was launched in the hope it would trigger a release clause.
But such a claim proved to be untrue. Indeed, all it did was make Liverpool angry and they flat out refused to do business with the Gunners.
Despite his agitating, Liverpool kept Suarez at the club and he has since declared that he is ready to give everything to the club.
It was a victory for football, as Liverpool proved that clubs still hold the power to decide where a contracted player can and can't go. And their determination to keep him will pay dividends this season.
Liverpool have had a fine start to the season, winning three out of four games with only a shock 1-0 home loss to Southampton blotching their otherwise perfect record.
Amazingly, this good run was done without star man Suarez, who was still serving a suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic last season.
He has since served that suspension and, as he showed last night, is eager to fire Liverpool in to the top four places this season.
Although looking slightly rusty, Suarez looked as hungry as ever to win the ball and score goals. He will only get better and his goals are likely to prove the difference in the race for the Champions League spots.
Arsenal, the club Liverpool kept Suarez away from, will be directly competing for the top four spaces with the Anfield club. They are currently top, but that fact is diluted by the fact that they have had an easy start to the season.
A talented but small squad will unlikely be able to sustain good results against top opposition. The Arsenal team is fragile and only a couple of injuries away from a crisis.
As Suarez returns to the Liverpool set up, Brendan Rodgers' men will only improve whilst Arsene Wenger's counterparts struggle to compete on four fronts.
Ironically, it will be that man Suarez who does make the difference in the race for a top four space but he will deny Champions League football to the same club he was so eager to join just months ago.
His goals will elevate Liverpool in to the competition that Suarez has dreamed of playing in at the expense of Arsenal.
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