Arsene Wenger is in with a chance of avoiding a tenth season without claiming the Premier League crown if he signs Luis Suarez.
That’s according to former Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson, who reckons the capture of the Anfield striker would make Wenger’s outfit genuine title contenders. Arsenal have failed to lift a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005 and they last won the league the previous season.
That means failure to become Champions next season would herald a decade of disappointment for the north Londoners.
But with wantaway target Suarez – who is desperate for a move from Merseyside and may be allowed to leave for £50million – spearheading the attack, Robson is confident they can challenge.
He said: “If you want to buy a player then you have to pay what he’s worth. “Arsenal know that he can’t play at the start of the season, they don’t need to rush the situation, but they’ll still have to pay around £50m.
“They still need to improve the defensive side of the game, by buying a defensive midfield player. Just by buying Suarez won’t make them title winners but it might make them title contenders.”
Robson, who spent more than eight years at Highbury, playing 186 matches and scoring 21 goals, says Suarez does come with baggage.
He added: “Purely looking at it in a football perspective, he’s a fantastic player and he’s been outstanding for Uruguay and Liverpool.
“He’s got good movement and can do things that other forwards can’t do. He can go past people, does the unexpected in the box, can link up with other players and he’s got great movement.
“All those things suggest that he would Arsenal a much better side and title challengers. But there’s the other side of him that you don’t like the look of.
“He’s been banned for biting people and for saying racist comments. Do you want to take a player to your club that’s got that sort of history?”