Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has admitted he is a fan of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez ahead of their clash with the Reds on Saturday.
Arteta, who used to play for Liverpool rivals Everton, has admitted he likes the style of Suarez and thinks he is one of the best players in the league.
“He is a tremendous player. He has shown a lot of character to get back after getting really criticised and on the front pages a lot. He has gone on to produce some great performances and his goal-scoring record is amazing.”
The Uruguayan was a summer target of Arsenal and Arteta expressed his disappointment that the club were unable to lure him to the Emirates.
“People don’t know the real Luis. I know Suarez really well. He used to live in the next house to me and whenever I’ve met him, he’s always been really nice.”
“It’s a pity Arsenal could not get Suarez.”
Is it me or does anyone else have this silly believe that Arteta is trying to tap up Suarez for Arsenal with those comments? If true, who cares, many clubs have done it to us in the past and won’t be bad to do it to others as well. Back on topic, Arsenal and Liverpool were not fancied to offer a title challenge this season but the winner from Saturday’s late-kick off could end the weekend on top of the Premier League, which shows just how far each team have come.
Suarez is a big reason for Liverpool’s success but so has Daniel Sturridge, who led the line brilliantly in Suarez’s absence and has formed a scintillating partnership with him, now that he’s back.
“Suarez & Daniel Sturridge are the two most in-form strikers in the league and will be a big threat to us. But we have the quality to beat them.”
The Gunners have been criticised recently following defeats to Borussia Dortmund & Chelsea with many believing they are unable to beat the big teams and they will face another test with Suarez but if they are able to overcome it, then it will send out an important message to the rest of the Premier League.