Despite claiming not to have read what John W Henry said about Arsenal’s chances of signing Luis Suarez, Arsene Wenger reiterated his desire to bring the player to North London.
After a contentious week, which has seen Suarez go public with his desire to leave Anfield, sparking irate and determined response from Liverpool, the Arsenal manager was asked about the situation at a press conference before the Gunners game against Man City in Helsinki today.
“There is nothing to add to what I said already about the transfer of Suarez,” he said. “If it will be done, it will be done in a respectful and amicable way with Liverpool.
“I didn’t read [John W Henry’s] statements but we’ll be faithful to the way we want to behave. To make a transfer happen, you need the agreement of three parties – the buyer, the seller and the player.
“We know what we want to do. The player, if I look at the statements does as well. Liverpool at the moment do not agree. If they change their minds or not, I don’t know. We’ll respect that.
“We are looking at possibilities to strengthen our squad. Suarez is one of the targets. If he’s not for sale, he’s not for sale. We have to accept that.
“Every club has its own way of dealing with things, we have our way and we respect all the other clubs.”
It feels some of a fool’s pursuit at this point with John Henry stating quite categorically that he would not sell to Arsenal, and that he had told Ivan Gazidis that personally.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are backed into a corner having signed nobody of note this summer and with the season kicking off in 7 days time have to do something to make themselves competitive for the new campaign.
Meanwhile, like Suarez, Nicklas Bendtner has been made train away from the first team as his efforts to find himself a new club continue. He’s turned down moves to Frankfurt and others, and with the transfer window heading towards the final few weeks, should be desperate to find somewhere to play football next season.
We’re not holding our breath on either case.