Arsene Wenger regrets not signing Suarez


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he regretted not signing Luis Suarez but says he has now moved on from his failed bid to lure him to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners offered £40 million plus £1 to Liverpool for the striker in July 2013 in an attempt to activate a clause in his contract, but saw their attempts spurned by the Reds.

Suarez eventually departed Anfield for Barcelona in a £75m deal 12 months later and Wenger says he used to wonder what his team could have achieved had he bought him.

“I used to think, ‘What if I signed Luis Suarez’ before, but not now,” Wenger said.

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“He gives camaraderie to a team. He did it at Liverpool and he did it playing with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan for Uruguay, and did it well.

“Suarez is the kind of guy who manages to create that spirit in teams.”

Arsenal face Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie on Tuesday and Wenger admits his players face a tough task to keep Suarez out of the game.

“Individually, all their players are difficult to stop,” he added. “We have to find a way to do it collectively. We have to analyse what we do and do it well and together.

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