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Arsene Wenger hits back at Steven Gerrard over Suarez jibe

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Arsene Wenger has hit back in his war of words with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, insisting that no one is too good to play for Arsenal.

The Frenchman was responding to comments made by Gerrard where he revealed that he had told Luis Suarez to snub the chance to join the Gunners last year because he deserved to be playing at a much bigger club.

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That didn't go down too well with Wenger, who defended Arsenal's reputation and aimed a barb back at the Liverpool skipper in the process.

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‘You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that,’ said the Arsenal boss.

‘But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him [Suarez] to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League.

‘But it didn’t happen, and anyway, Suarez left.’

Barcelona bound

Although Liverpool were able to fend off Arsenal's interest last season and the Uruguayan's form last term took the Reds to the verge of their first Premier League title, they were unable to pull of the same trick this summer and he is now a Barcelona player.

Having forced the Catalan club to cough up a fee in the region of £75 million, the Reds have been busy splashing the cash, snapping up no less than six players with around a month of the summer window to go.

Busy

Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have arrived from Southampton, while Lazar Markovic and Emre Can have followed suit. Belgian youngster Divock Origi set the Reds back around £10 million but he'll return to Lille on loan for next season.

Arsenal meanwhile have been similarly busy and have already signed Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers. Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal's pre-season tournament the Emirates Cup, confirmed that he is far from done in the transfer market this summer.

Happy

"I'm very happy because I think I did what I wanted and I am still open to do more," he revealed.

"We are a bit ahead of what we usually do because the availability of the market is bigger and earlier than before. The bigger clubs have done their deals earlier and when one starts everybody follows and that’s why it was a bit quicker.

"Many clubs decided to do it before the World Cup and since the World Cup not a lot has happened. But I think the second week of August will be busy again.

"Everybody takes a breather at the moment because everybody checks now during their preparation games what they still need. People have done the biggest part of what they want to do and the last part will be done after the preparation games once they see what they are missing."

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