Arsenal "on standby" over Suarez transfer

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Arsene Wenger has described Arsenal's move to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as "on standby".

The Gunners have so far had two bids for the troubled Liverpool striker turned down already - the second of which is believed to have been worth £40,000,001.

Both Arsenal and Suarez remain convinced that the bid is enough to activate a clause in the Uruguayan's contract to force Liverpool to sell up - while they say such a clause doesn't exist.

Suarez revealed in an explosive interview last night that he is willing to take his case to the Premier League to force through a move to the Emirates, and Wenger says he is willing to bid his time until the situation resolves itself before making his move.

"At the moment the situation is on standby," Wenger told Al Jazeera Sport. "I heard that [Suarez is considering legal action to force a move] but this is sometimes linked with things that you don't know as a potential buyer.

"That is the story between Suarez and Liverpool and I don't know what has been said, what has been promised and what has been written and that is only Suarez and Liverpool that can decide that.

"It's nothing to do with us. We have been told that the player wants to leave Liverpool and that's why we've acted."

When pushed to comment on what might happen next in the transfer saga, Wenger replied: "I really don't know, that's for sure, I really don't know what will be decided by Liverpool."

So far Arsenal have been frustrated in the transfer window, and have failed to land a major new signing.

Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic both slipped through the net, interest in Wayne Rooney seemingly fizzled out, while there is still a chance they could miss out on Suarez too.

Wenger admits he is frustrated with Arsenal's dealings in the transfer market so far, and says the presence of big-spenders like PSG is having an impact on other clubs.

"It's going slowly," he continued. "Slower than expected [because clubs have] more money than talent and the clubs with talented players don't want to lose them.

"Some clubs acted very early so the choices were reduced, plus there is more competition coming from France. PSG buy big players for huge amounts of money so it's tough and difficult and slow."

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