Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Suarez believes Arsenal's an option -Cesar deal on? -Walcott wants fear factor

Morning Gooners.

So Luis Suarez believes it's "good to know" he was valued by Arsenal. That's interesting isn't it? Hardly a come and get me plea, but an interesting choice of words none the less.

It's not as though the player has turned us down straight away, like he has with Chelsea. So Arsene Wenger has to have genuine belief that a move for the Liverpool striker is possible. I have no doubt in my mind that we are not Suarez's first choice destination. I think he'd prefer to move overseas.

But I do think we can offer him what he craves: Champions League football.  Liverpool haven't been anywhere near securing a place in the top four since Suarez arrived on Merseyside. And while we scarped  into the top four on the last day of the season, there is a wind change this summer that we won't just be fighting for that top four position in the forth coming campaign..

In an interview on Tuesday with the Uruguayan radio station Sport 890, Suarez said
"There have been no offers yet, but Liverpool know exactly what is going on and what I want. 
"My agent is in charge, he knows what I want, I am resting and relaxed. I am due back in about 10 days, on the 21st of July ... a phone call could change everything."
Of the interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, he said: 
"It’s good to know that I am still valued by teams like Arsenal. 
"Friends call me up to ask if I am moving to Chelsea, to which I laugh. Don’t believe everything you read or hear! I am sometimes off the grid. I don’t even know where my phone is sometimes."
Of course I still believe we'll sign Gonzalo Higuain. He is our primary candidate. And buying Suarez will really dent a hole in our transfer funds. But I believe if we can't get Real Madrid to be sensible in their valuation of Higuain, we should certainly go all out for Suarez. He's a top quality player and would certainly add star quality to our squad.

Meanwhile it appears our interest in QPR keeper Julio Cesar is likely to be firmed up this week with a £1.5m bid for the Brazilian according to the Daily Mirror.

I'm surprised we've not had this deal done already. It makes perfect mathematical sense. And considering we now only have two first team keepers, we do need to add another to give our squad genuine depth.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail report Roma are keen on taking Gervinho on loan with a view to a £7m transfer.

Personally I've become fed up with us loaning our unwanted players out. If Arsene Wenger sees no future for the Ivorian at the club, he should sell him. It is not as though there is any benefit for Arsenal to loan out Gervinho only to have him back next summer when Roma decide they can't afford him or want him.

Personally I'd love him to stay at the club. I think he genuinely offers us something unpredictable up front. But I know I'm in a minority who likes him.

And finally Theo Walcott wants the Grove to become a fortress next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports he said:
"It is quite frustrating at times, because we should have done that at the start of the season. Who knows where we would have been. 
"We need to remember those moments that we had and make sure we do it from the start, because we could be challenging for anything. We could beat anyone. 
"We want that sort of fear factor, especially at the Emirates."
I think we can certainly improve our home form next season. And the atmosphere at the Grove for certain games felt electric. If we could only tap into that each home game.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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