Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he shares no sympathy for the fact that Liverpool have lost Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in the past two years, as the Reds refused to sell him the former back in 2013.
Suarez came close to moving to the Emirates Stadium shortly before Liverpool’s best Premier League campaign to date - a season wherein the Uruguayan bagged 31 goals - and it would appear Wenger still harbours frustrations that he couldn’t get a deal done.
The Frenchman spoke ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool tonight, and refused to sympathise with Brendan Rodgers’ situation, as per Goal.
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"Liverpool is in a position they can make their own decisions," he said.
"They refused to sell us Suarez, so I cannot feel too much sympathy for them.
Naturally Arsenal fans will ponder what might have been had the Gunners’ bid of £40million+1 back in 2013 been accepted.
The failed moved
At that time Liverpool were accused of having broken contract law by denying Suarez a move to their Premier League rivals despite the aforesaid sum supposedly being his release clause at the time.
Nevertheless the two parties moved on and Suarez enjoyed what will certainly have gone down as his best personal season to date.
A year later he secured a dream move to Barcelona and then won the treble, so it’s fair to assume he’ll have minimal regret over not having moved to Arsenal.
The difference maker?
From Wenger’s point of view though that deal might well shoulder some of the blame as to why his side haven’t come closer to winning the Premier League in the past two seasons.
The acquisition of a natural goalscorer is what many fans feel is needed if Arsenal are to properly challenge the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, with the north London giants boasting no one of the ilk of Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa when it comes to putting the ball in the back of the net.
Arsenal fans, would you have won the league if Suarez had signed in 2013? Let us know in the comments box below.