Obviously, everybody is talking about the ‘Suarez bite’ this morning, and with good reason! Biting an opponent, just like spitting, is totally unacceptable. Kids are not allowed to do this at school and all footballers know that they should never bite an opponent; all that is, including the Uruguayan.
In fact, Suarez knows this better than anybody else, having been punished severely in the past in Holland for a similar cannibalistic impulse. We all know that in boxing, and even in rugby, sportsmen have been known to bite their opponents, but in football this is very rare and there will be no stone available for Suarez to crawl under this time.
I have said a few times in posts and comments that football is emotion, and there are very few footballers who are more passionate and committed than Suarez. I did not realise his nickname was El Pistolero, but how appropriate it is!
If all his emotion is triggered in the right direction, and with full focus, the Uruguayan is a total powerhouse of a player: Top Scorer in the PL and the best all-round attacker this season. He can dribble past opponents with ease, can shoot from a decent distance, is good in the air (despite his lack of height), is a fox in the box, as well as an attacking midfielder or ideal nr.10, and has passion and stamina in huge quantities.
But being in possession of such powerful weapons requires a strong ability to keep your calm in the heat of the fight; to regulate your adrenaline rushes, and not turn the gun to yourself, or cause any ‘friendly fire’.
Suarez clearly is not capable to control himself constantly on the pitch, and he is going to pay a heavy price for his latest fall from grace. It will be hard for the The Reds – both club and their usually extremely loyal and self-defensive fans – to defend him: they did it once, and in my view got that horrible wrong (remember the T-shirts?!), but I am sure they will restrain from doing so time round.
The reason I am writing this post about Suarez is two-fold.
Firstly, despite his preposterous behaviour, he actually did us an enormous favour by never giving up and scoring the very late equaliser that took two very, very valuable points away from the Chavs. As a result, the Chavs stayed a point behind us in the league table, and the game in hand for the Chavs and Spuds, which happens to be against each other, by itself, cannot knock us out of the top-four. It is now up to us to get as many or more points out of our four remaining games as they do and then at least a top-four place is ours.
Secondly, he happens to be exactly the sort of player we have been missing this season, and would fit into Arsenal like a glove, in terms of his technical football skills, which leads me to the question:
Should Arsene go all out and sign Suarez up this summer?
Let me first state, that I believe there is no excuse and place for racist remarks on the pitch – or anywhere else – biting opponents, or constantly diving to get penalties and free-kicks.
But I also believe that players should be given another chance after they have had their severe punishment, and this includes Suarez. I don’t think the Uruguayan is a deeply bad/nasty person, but perhaps very naïve and someone who finds it hard to control his emotions.
The key question is, can he still be ‘saved’ as in coached to become a more responsible and controlled person?
I am also a realist, in that if Liverpool feel they should sell him now to avoid future embarrassments, they are likely to want to sell to a non-PL team. At 26 and at the height of his professional career, he would be a force in any major European team, and with lots of oil-money now sloshing around outside the PL as well, he is most likely to end up outside the UK – if the Reds decide to sell him indeed.
If there is one manager who can man-manage Suarez into a more mature and controlled player on the pitch, it is Arsene Wenger. No doubt his football skills would make us significantly stronger in one go.
But what do you think: should we try very hard to sign him up this summer?
Written by: TotalArsenal.