Any optimistic Liverpool fans that had begun to think that radio silence over Arsenal’s ambling pursuit of Luis Suarez signified the deal’s demise will be sad to know that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has put his head above the parapet to ensure them and the Uruguayan hit-man himself that the North London outfit are still in the hunt.
The betting on Suarez’s employers at the end of the transfer window remains deadlocked between the two clubs, both of whom can be backed for at 4/5 to have the player who fired 23 league goals last term amongst their striking options at the end of the transfer window.
Arsenal have been quiet over their attempts to recruit the ex-Ajax man since it transpired that tabling a bid to trigger the clause in his contract relating to a £40m fee would not compel Liverpool to sell, but apparently there is still life in the deal.
Instead it seems that the silence from the North London club has been a respectful one, in order to keep the club’s relationship with Liverpool amicable.
Nonetheless, Gooners hopeful of a Suarez-powered title tilt shouldn’t despair as Wenger – in his own enigmatic fashion – confirmed that the Anfield nibbler was still a target, telling Sky Sports “we work very hard, not only on the case you name (Suarez), but on other different cases”.
Arsenal can take much encouragement from the way in which goals were spread around the side last term, with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all notching double figure returns in the Premier League, but the added bite of a genuinely blood-thirsty striker such as Suarez could see them mount a real title challenge.
The Gunners already boast last season’s second most miserly back line and look an attractive 3/1 bet to win the Premier League without the Manchester clubs in 2013/14, regardless of whether they succeed in their pursuit of Suarez or not.