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Thursday, February 6, 2014
He'd have won the title!
He'd have won the title! Ray Parlour says Arsenal missed a trick in not getting Suarez
RAY PARLOUR claims Arsenal will be coming up against the player who could have won them the title at Anfield this Saturday.
Luis Suarez, Liverpool Suarez was a target for Arsenal in the summer, but their £40m offer for the Kop ace was rejected [AFP]
Luis Suarez was the man Arsene Wenger wanted to transform the Gunners into contenders last summer - and the Uruguayan wanted to go.
But Liverpool fought off a cheeky £40,000,001 bid for their star man, who could now put a dent in Arsenal’s title hopes.
Parlour - who won the title three times with the Gunners - reckons Wenger missed a trick by not pushing harder for Suarez.
He claims the Liverpool striker is probably now worth four times what his old club offered the Reds - and insists he would have guaranteed Arsenal the championship.
Former England midfielder Parlour said: “If Arsenal had bought Suarez they definitely would have been buying the title.
Luis Suarez, Arsenal Suarez battles with Gunners giant Per Mertesacker, if Wenger got his way they would be on the same side [AFP]
“With the goals he scores, I’m sure if they had him in their team they’d win the league. There was a lot of talk he was going to leave and Arsenal put a bid in for him.
“But he’s been sensational for Liverpool since then and probably quadrupled his price because of his goalscoring and his work rate.
“I don’t think he’ll ever go to Arsenal now. I don’t think Liverpool will ever sell him to Arsenal after the way they put their bid in”
“I don’t think he’ll ever go to Arsenal now. I don’t think Liverpool will ever sell him to Arsenal after the way they put their bid in.
“If they had bid £50m maybe they would have got their man, who knows? But if he leaves now it will be somewhere like Real Madrid.”
Parlour thinks Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will have their work cut out keeping Suarez quiet this Saturday.
He knows all about how tough it is win at Anfield.
He made his Gunners debut there in 1992, giving away a penalty as Arsenal lost 2-0.
Ray Parlour, Arsenal Parlour was a cult hero during his time at Arsenal [GETTY]
But he has also tasted victory there, running the show in midfield seven months later as his side reversed that scoreline.
And he believes an Arsenal win there this Saturday would be a massive statement of intent from his old club.
Parlour said: “It’s going to be tough for Arsenal to handle Suarez. But they have been much more solid this year. Koscielny and Mertesacker have been brilliant.
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“They are going to have to be at the top of their game. But this is a defining month for Arsenal - and if they win at Liverpool it will be a massive statement of intent.”
Parlour, who is joining the away fans this Saturday on the Barclays Buses, a new free-travel initiative to thank them for their support, reckons Olivier Giroud holds the key to Arsenal’s title tilt.
He said: “Everyone was hoping Arsenal would get another striker in January but it just didn’t work. It’s very important Giroud stays fit now. If Giroud gets injured they can’t win it.
“Nicklas Bendtner’s not good enough, and they’ve taken a risk by not buying a back-up striker. But we didn’t have a big squad in 1998, kept everyone fit and won it, so it can be done.”
* Ray Parlour was speaking ahead of a Barclays Buses trip for Arsenal fans this Saturday - a free-travel initiative from Barclays to say ‘thank you’ to groups of Barclays Premier League away fans that travel the length and breadth of the country supporting their team. Join the conversation on social media using #YouAreFootball