Chase The ball, Not Suarez – Wenger Tasks Arsenal Players


As Arsenal will be battling Liverpool today at the Emirates, one player is set to be the cynosure of all eyes and he is former Arsenal target Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan could have been leading the Gunners’ line as they tackle the Reds but they will have to face him after Liverpool rebuffed all of Arsenal’s advances to keep the want-away striker.

Since his return from suspension, Suarez has been on fire scoring 6 goals in 5 games and have formed a lethal partnership with strike partner Sturridge. The tendency is for Arsenal to want to keep him under close scrutiny but Wenger has sounded a note of warning.

“Suarez is doing very well, but what is important for me is the players that play for Arsenal, not those who could play for Arsenal.

“What is very important tomorrow is the players who play against Luis Suarez.”

“I think our target is to have the ball and master the situation because we are dominating and we have more of the ball than our opponents – and if we have the ball a lot we do not need to worry too much about our opponents and that will be the target tomorrow.”

“The player has been punished for what he did,” Wenger said. “We have high moral grounds.

“We take information about the moral level of the player and when there is any moral restriction we do not buy the player.”

“The mood is very strong, very united and very focused. We know where the priorities are, it is in the Premier League and the Champions League,” he said.

“We are in a strong position in the Premier League, that is why our mood is positive.”

“We want to be and I think we are title contenders, and Liverpool as well.

“You have four other teams certainly, or five, who will be title contenders this year.

“It is a big game for us, massively important, but I don’t worry about where the teams are (in the table).

“Between the team who is 14th and the team who is eighth, there are two or three points. At the moment, the table has no real significance.”

I agree with Wenger. We shouldn’t dote on Suarez, rather, we should focus on having the ball. There is no point man marking him. That would be akin to depriving ourselves of necessary body somewhere else He cannot score without the ball and if we control the movement of the ball, we will have more chances and with the Liverpool back line not really sturdy, they will cave in.


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