Barcelona star Luis Suarez has thanked Steven Gerrard for telling him to snub a move to Arsenal in 2013, a year prior to the Uruguayan’s blockbuster move to the Nou Camp.
Suarez was heavily linked with a switch to Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, with the general consensus being that he was trying to force a Liverpool exit during the summer of 2013. Controversy ruled the day when Arsenal chiefs were said to have bid £40.1 million in an attempt to activate his release clause.
However Suarez has now revealed, via the Daily Express, that he rebuffed their advances on the advice of his then-captain Gerrard, who told him he was too good for Wenger’s team.
"I do owe so much to Steven when Arsenal wanted to sign me," said Suarez.
"We had a private conversation and he said, 'Give us another season and wait for Barcelona, you are too good for Arsenal'.
"It is the best advice he could have given. If it was not for him I might not be at Barcelona now."
The following season Suarez bagged 31 Premier League goals to propel himself to superstardom in the footballing world and catch the attention of Barcelona.
The Catalan giants deemed him worthy of a whopping £75m despite the fact that he was banned for a time for his bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, and now he’s firing on all cylinders for them it looks like his decision to snub Arsenal was the right one.
So far this year the trio of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar have tallied 108 goals across all competitions, a stat that harks back to the triumvirate of Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o when Barca won a famous treble in 2009.
Despite starting off relatively slow Suarez’s form has picked up magnificently of late, and he’ll be aiming to fire his side one step closer to a Champions League final when they take on Bayern Munich in their semi-final first leg tonight.
Of course all of this isn’t to say that Suarez wouldn’t have enjoyed similar success at Arsenal, where creative flair and technical ability is to be found in abundance.
The chances are that he wouldn’t currently be able to call Barcelona home, but the Uruguayan may well have come closer to winning the Premier League had he been spearheading Wenger’s front-line as opposed to Liverpool’s last year.
The man himself though seems perfectly happy with the choices he’s made and let’s be honest, there’s few better teams than Barcelona to aspire to play for. Given the relatively young ages of himself, Messi and Neymar the exciting forward three might be around for some time yet, and one gets the feeling they’re only going to get better as their understanding improves with time.
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