Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can win the Premier League title this season - even if they don’t manage to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
The Gunners boss revealed that Arsenal have made a bid for the unsettled Uruguayan, but is confident that his side can win their first Premier League title since 2004 with or without him.
Speaking after the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Napoli at the Emirates Cup, Wenger said: “Yes, of course,” when asked whether he felt Arsenal can win the title without strengthening.
Brendan Rodgers has indicated that he believes Suarez’s worth is closer to £100m - the same reported value of Tottenham star Gareth Bale, who is expected to leave for Real Madrid this summer - but Wenger admitted he finds it hard to agree with the Liverpool manager in this instance.
“I don’t understand this kind of thinking,” Wenger, who ensured that Arsenal will carry out their transfer dealings in a “fair and respectful way”.
The Frenchman also confirmed that the club are close to selling Gervinho, before revealing that out-of-favour striker Marouane Chamakh “might go somewhere” within the next 48 hours.
However, on the subject of Nicklas Bendtner’s future, he said: “We are nowhere at the moment - he is completely here.”
Meanwhile, Napoli manager Rafael Benitez batted away questions regarding the uncertain futures of Suarez and Bale.
The Spaniard, who was back in London after his difficult spell with Chelsea, also talked about how Napoli won the race to sign Gonzalo Higuain ahead of Arsenal from Real Madrid this summer.
“We knew we could do it, so the chairman was very quick,” the former Liverpool coach commented.