With all the talk and media attention over Arsenal bidding for Luis Suarez recently, it got me thinking about which strikers would do well at Arsenal and about opportunities we had to sign good players but passed on. One that springs to mind is Daniel Sturridge.
Unfortunately we missed the golden opportunity to sign Sturridge back in January when Chelsea were offloading him. He had been left out of the Chelsea squad for a good chunk of last season because of the fact that hardly any Chelsea players can earn a regular place. He began to get frustrated at his lack of game time and Chelsea accepted that he must be sold and Liverpool came calling.
They paid £12 million for a player who has not yet properly been unleashed on the world. Since he arrived at Liverpool he has made 16 overall appearances scoring 11 goals. 10 of those goals came in 14 Premier League appearances and most of those games were when Sturridge was supporting Luis Suarez.
Arsenal could have paid that small fee for a striker who is potentially world class. All those goals could have closed the gap on the two Manchester clubs last season and helped us avoid the near embarrassing situation of nearly missing out on the Champions League.
There would have been a strong possibility that Sturridge would have chosen Arsenal over Liverpool so long as the same offer was on the table. He would have been happy to stay in London as he probably wouldn’t have had to move house and leave his friends or family which is always a bonus. Secondly, Arsenal are way ahead of Liverpool at the moment as we managed to get into the champions League even if it was a close call.
As much as it would be good to have Luis Suarez here, I can’t help but think Sturridge six months ago for a quarter of the price would have helped the club a lot more. He can score more goals than people give him credit for and his combination with Walcott and Chamberlain would have been deadly.