Arsene Wenger has hinted he was lied to about the possibility of completing the signing of Luis Suarez from Liverpool this summer.
The Arsenal boss confirmed yesterday that he would not be making a third bid for the unsettled Uruguayan forward after an offer worth £40,000,001 million was rejected by Liverpool last month.
Both Arsenal and Suarez had been convinced than an offer in excess of £40 million would be enough to trigger a cause in the striker's contract that would allow him to move, a fact refuted by Liverpool.
While Suarez revealed that he was willing to take is case to the Premier League in order to force a move to Arsenal through, it appears as though Liverpool have won out after the striker apologised for his comments, and reports in Uruguay have suggested he could even sign a contract extension at Anfield.
Speaking in a press conference this morning Wenger refused to be drawn on the details of his attempts to land Suarez, but hinted that he was unhappy with how the saga played out.
"I don't want to speak in detail about that. It's not the moment," he told reporters. "One day, why not? I think it's not the moment to talk about that. I just said it's over.
"We have to get on with our lives. You seem to know as much as I know about the situation so I don't think we need for me to clarify that."
Arsenal appear to have now set their sights on landing striker Karim Benzema from Real Madrid - a move that ironically could be facilitated by the Spanish giants if they opt to up their interest in Suarez before the close of the transfer window next month.