Arsene Wenger hits back at Steven Gerrard's Luis Suarez comment: 'You're never too good for Arsenal and Gerrard knows that'
Gerrard had revealed that he told Suarez not to join Arsenal last year
Friday 01 August 2014
The Gunners looked to land the Liverpool forward 12 months ago with a bid of £40million plus one pound - but the move proved unsuccessful and the Uruguay international went on to start for a Liverpool side fighting for the title.
Suarez, currently banned from all football for four months after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup group game, has now moved to Barcelona - with Gerrard admitting he had told the 27-year-old to stay put last year.
"Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own (following an earlier ban for biting) that's the conversation I had with him. I said: 'Don't go to Arsenal'," the Liverpool captain revealed.
"I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis go to Arsenal. With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal."
But Wenger, who instead signed Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee, insists no player would deem themselves too good for his side.
"You're never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that," he said during his press conference ahead of this weekend's Emirates Cup.
"But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn't happen, and anyway, Suarez left."
Wenger has been busy again this summer with the addition of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, whose place at Barcelona has since been filled by Suarez, as well as England youth international Calum Chambers and Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy.
Those deals mean, for the first time in several years, that Wenger has his new recruits in well ahead of the start of the season - even if he may not yet be finished in the transfer market.
"I'm very happy because I did what I wanted, and I am still open to do more," he said.
"Let's not forget that we are at August 1 today, and the transfer window closes on the 31st. For years, it's a long time I didn't sit with you here on the first of August having done quite a lot.
"We are a bit ahead of what we usually do, because the availability on the market was bigger and earlier than before."
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