Arsene Wenger, in a possible attempt to wind up Arsenal fans even further, has claimed Luis Suarez was on the verge of an Emirates transfer in 2013.
The Gunners famously tabled a £40m plus £1 bid for our forward, whose head had been turned by sides competing in the Champions League.
Thankfully, Liverpool held firm, flatly refusing to sell Suarez to a Premier League rival and instead promising the player he could have a move abroad at the end of 2013/14.
Suarez came within inches of firing us to title glory, with the best individual campaign ever produced by a Premier League player, but it wasn’t enough and he left to join Barcelona.
Wenger though still has sour grapes, encouraging ask to ‘ask’ Suarez to back up his promises!
“He was very close (to signing for Arsenal). We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him,” he told the Independent.
“I’m convinced he wanted to join us and then they sold him. They kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad.”
It doesn’t surprise us that Suarez had an agreement with Arsenal. It’s easy to forget because of his greatness, that at times, the South American was a right b*stard – but how can you stay mad at a genius?
Since moving to Spain, he’s won the Champions League, two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and established a reputation as probably the best player in the world behind Lionel Messi. (Those who think it’s Cristiano Ronaldo are wrong, in short.)