George Graham thinks Luis Suarez would be a hit at Arsenal but admits the Uruguayan’s penchant for bitey-racism does take the shine off his obvious qualities as a striker.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Liverpool attacker in recent days and Arsene Wenger did little to downplay speculation at the weekend when questioned about his interest in the 26-year-old while on the club’s pre-season tour in Asia.
Asked whether he’d like to see a player, whose ratio of tw*ttishness to racistness is split pretty much 50:50, Graham told talkSPORT he’d score goals at the Emirates even if his image doesn’t fit with ‘The Arsenal’ way of doing things.
“All the publicity that goes with Suarez takes away from how good a player he is,” said the former manager.
“He’s one of the top strikers in Europe. If he comes to Arsenal, then he will get lots of goals.”
Urging Arsene Wenger to sign the three or four top quality players he thinks the Gunners need to challenge for the title, the Scot pretty much pinpointed a need for additions throughout the spine of the team.
“Over the last few years Arsenal have not won a trophy and have spent a lot of money on the new stadium,” he continued.
“Now is the time to spend money on top quality players. They need three or four quality players that can go straight into the first-team. They have got quite a lot of money so it’s an important summer for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.
“They need an experienced second choice goalkeeper, a top quality physical centre-half, a holding midfield player and a finisher up front.”
While the comments about needing new players are nothing new from Double-G, it’s obvious he’s as conflicted as other Arsenal fans when it comes to the issue of Suarez.
In other news, Bacary Sagna is pleased to be getting pre-season minutes under his belt having missed the tour of Asia last summer with his broken leg. Hoping to return to the consistency that brought him plaudits, the French right-back told Arsenal.com:
“I’m very happy. Last year I missed pre-season so I was struggling a bit during the season. I’m looking forward to getting back to my best – that’s my aim and after that we’ll see.”