Luis Suarez didn’t sign for Arsenal because Steven Gerrard told him to hold out for a move to Barcelona.
The former Liverpool striker was heavily pursued by the Gunners in the summer of 2013 and Arsene Wenger saw a £40 million bid to sign Suarez rejected by the Reds.
A year later, the Uruguayan earned a dream move to the Catalan giants for a reported fee of £75m, and it’s fair to say he hasn’t looked back.
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However, it was Gerrard’s advice that convinced Suarez to stay at Anfield for another season.
He was reported by The Sun as saying: “Arsenal’s interest in me was very public. I don’t think it is any secret.
“I had a private conversation with Stevie after training and he told me to give Liverpool another season, and wait for Barcelona.
“Looking back now it is one of the most important conversations of my life, but that is Stevie, he was a captain who was always ready to give his players advice.”
Suarez has settled in at Barcelona immensely well, scoring 66 goals in 80 appearances and winning the treble in his first season.
Arsenal fans will get a chance to see what they missed out on when Suarez’s Barcelona take on the Gunners in the Champions League last 16 round.
The first leg will be played at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday and Wenger takes his team to the Camp Nou for the reverse fixture on March 16.