Arsenal will not bid for Luis Suarez

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Premier League leaders will not revive their interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during the January transfer window.

The Gunners strived to secure the acquisition of the Uruguay international during the summer transfer period but saw as many as three formal offers rebuffed by Liverpool.

Arsenal's final bid of £40,000,001 was made in the expectation it would afford them the opportunity to negotiate with the player but Liverpool contested this interpretation of Suarez's contract and he remained at Anfield.

Suarez has flourished since this failed transfer to the Emirates Stadium with his 19 goals propelling him to the top of the Premier League's goalscoring charts and prompting Liverpool to offer him a lucrative new contract worth £200,000-a-week.

Given that Suarez has committed his future to Liverpool until 2018 it appeared unlikely that Arsenal would return for the 26-year-old in the imminent transfer window, and Wenger confirmed as much at a press conference on Tuesday.

"Yes, of course, there won't be any approach," Wenger said when asked directly if he had ended his interest in Suarez.

Arsenal, meanwhile, meet Cardiff on New Year's day with an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table to four points.

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