Arsenal fans, a warm welcome to your daily news round-up.
Since it’s almost the weekend there’s no reason for you not to be excited about running through the football news from today, and we’ve compiled all the latest headlines so you can do just that.
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Gerrard and Suarez
Steven Gerrard can be given credit for doing many great things during his Liverpool career, and keeping Luis Suarez from joining Arsenal is one of them.
The Anfield icon has revealed how he helped to patch up Suarez’s relationship with Brendan Rodgers when it looked certain he would leave the club in 2013, while also admitting that he told Suarez to wait for either Barcelona or Real Madrid
"Before the meeting you had Luis Suarez training on his own in the afternoon at Melwood," said Gerrard.
"Brendan’s relationship with Luis had broken down. I don’t think it was Brendan’s fault. Luis wanted to move on, to play Champions League football and he had people in his ear and people around him forcing him to make moves that maybe he didn’t really want to do.
"So I think it was just a case of being in the middle and trying to heal that relationship with him and Brendan and get him training with the first team again and just chatting to Luis and saying to him, is it Arsenal that you really want or do you want Real Madrid or Barca?
"That was the jist of the conversation, because I knew, deep down that him and his family wanted Barcelona rather than Arsenal."
In any case Gerrard’s wise words certainly worked, though that will be little consolation to Arsenal fans, who are still waiting for Arsene Wenger to sign another top striker.
Martial's agent quotes
Moving on, and the agent of Anthony Martial has hit out at Wenger for his analysis of the new Manchester United striker.
Philippe Lamboley, who helped engineer Martial’s big move last month, said Wenger had been following his client for some time but chose not to buy him because he sees him as a winger.
Lastly, Mathieu Flamini has been hailed by former Gunners captain Francesc Fabregas, who congratulated him on finding the back of the net twice in the north London derby earlier this week.
Fabregas uploaded an image of Flamini and himself to Instagram, captioning it ‘I always knew you had an eye for goal.’
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