The Gunners legend believes the Liverpool striker can make an instant impact and improve the club straightaway, and that Arsene Wenger can handle the controversial UruguayanEXCLUSIVE
by Teo Teng Kiat
Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes that wantaway Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be a "great addition" to the Gunners should they manage to sign him.
In town for the 2013 Singapore IG Masters Football Sixes press conference, the Gunners legend was forthcoming with his views on the Uruguayan, for whom Arsenal have seen bids rejected.
"They [have] lost [Robin] van Persie last season and he (Suarez) will definitely score you 20-plus goals a season so hopefully he will be an Arsenal player next season!" he told Goal Singapore.
But Parlour admits that it is up to Liverpool to decide whether Suarez stays or goes.
"If they want to sell him then great, Arsenal will take him," he said.
"But if they say 'no, we are not selling', Suarez can’t do a lot about it because he has signed a contract.
"Going into the first game of the season, what’s going to happen [with Suarez]? Brendan Rodgers has come out and said he needs to apologise but if he doesn’t apologise, what happens then? When his ban is up, will he be in the squad straightaway?
"So it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Will Liverpool say 'okay, he’s going to cause too much unrest in the dressing room area, let’s get rid of him, get as much money as we can'?"
The ban for Suarez is a result of a bizarre incident where he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a league game last season. The Uruguayan was also found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra prior to that in a career dotted with controversy.
However, Parlour is adamant Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will be able to handle Suarez should he move to the Emirates Stadium.
"Arsene Wenger is very good with players and knows how to deal with them; the methods he uses are very good and he (Suarez) would definitely strengthen the side," he pointed out.
"On the pitch he has had his incidents but he will definitely score you goals. Van Persie went to Manchester United last year and won them the league so maybe he is that sort of player who can bring that sort of impact to other club. I would definitely take him!"
The 40-year-old former England international added that it was time Wenger stopped bringing in bit-squad players like Marouane Chamakh and Denilson and instead move for those who would strengthen the side.
"He needs players now who are going to go straight into that team and improve them," Parlour opined.
"Suarez would definitely be in that bracket and he would improve Arsenal."