While Arsenal get ready to make their third offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, a reported £42.5m, Arsene Wenger is telling Arsenal fans not to expect a deal to be completed soon:
“We are ready to do quick deals but all the transfers do not depend only on us,” said Wenger, quoted in the Daily Mirror. “But we are prepared to wait. It looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup.
“We still have a strong squad but we are there on the market to try to strengthen our team. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.”
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has publicly questioned the wisdom of Suarez leaving Anfield to join Arsenal as he insists it would be a sideways step – but Wenger would not be drawn on the matter
“He must explain that,” added the Arsenal boss. “I don’t know. We are not close to signing Suarez or anybody else so there’s no reason why I should talk about it.
“There is nothing to say. I have been away now for two or the weeks and it’s hard to see how things are advanced because everyone is on tour at the moment and it’s very difficult to get in touch with people.”
As Arsenal head home after a successful preseason tour of Asia, attention will now turn to Arsenal’s Emirates Cup preseason tournament which takes place next weekend. Napoli is one of the sides participating, which means that Gonzalo Higuain will be making his debut for the Serie A side.
Higuain was long linked with a move to Arsenal, and even had gone as far as to agree personal terms with the Gunners. But Arsenal once again could not close the deal and Huguain went to Napoli.
If will be interesting to see the reaction of Arsenal fans next weekend. After being led to believe that big names would be arriving at the Emirates this summer, it is late July and the only big names will be the opponents dressing room.