Was Luis Suarez a better option for Arsenal than Mesut Ozil?
Luis Suarez would have given Arsenal a different dimension - Ozil is just an improved option
The signing of Mesut Ozil appeased fans hungry for signings at the Emirates, but would Luis Suarez have been even better for the Gunners?
Arsenal's failed attempt to sign Luis Suarez in the summer was all but forgotten when Mesut Ozil arrived.
Searching all summer for that marquee signing, Arsene Wenger managed to secure the signature of one of the world's most admired footballers in Ozil on transfer deadline day.
Since signing, the German international has positively shined in the Gunners midfield, scoring three goal and assisting four in all competitions.
But since returning from his 10 game ban for Liverpool, Suarez has arguably been even better than the £42.5m playmaker.
Scoring six goals in four appearances, the Uruguayan has proved why Wenger tried so hard to sign him in the summer.
Arsenal are now preparing to face Suarez for the first time since the botched attempt with Liverpool set to travel to the Emirates on Saturday evening. The feeling from Arsenal fans is one of regret as they look on at what could have been.
An underwhelming performance against Chelsea reminded Arsenal just how fragile the squad is in attack.
With only Olivier Giroud good enough to lead the line, his tired legs were in need of a rest and Nicklas Bendtner came in.
The Dane failed to impress and was substituted to sarcastic cheers from his own fans. His welcome at the Emirates long-expired and his lack of ability is unlikely to earn an extension.
Meanwhile, the number of quality players in midfield give Arsenal arguably the strongest midfield in the league.
Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere have all showed their best form this season, and Arsenal fans certainly didn't deem the midfield as a top priority for strengthening in the summer.
Nevertheless, Ozil was signed - fans couldn't have been happier to see the 25-year-old in the red and white of Arsenal but there is an underlying feeling that a renewed effort to sign Suarez would have suited the Gunners more.
It may not have succeeded and it may have irked their Premier League rivals further, but a bid of £50m would have surely tested their resolve, especially with Suarez agitating for a move.
Brendan Rodgers recently stated that they would have never sold the striker to Arsenal but everyone has a price.
Suarez would have given Arsenal the whole package. Deadly in midfield and deadly in attack - a title charge would look even more solid than it does with Ozil today.
Arsenal had creative drive and they had quality in midfield. What they needed was a poacher to score the goals. They didn't get it and Ozil - as good as he is - was nothing more than a failsafe for the Arsenal boss.