Arsene Wenger watched Luis Suarez rip Tottenham apart during Liverpool’s 5-0 win Sunday and then confessed on French television he would love to have the Uruguayan at Arsenal.
It is news that is sure to concern Liverpool fans after Arsenal’s summer flirtation with Suarez, even though that fling of a little over £40 million had no chance of leading to a full relationship.
Nevertheless, it seems Wenger still retains his interest in the forward, telling Telefoot (h/t Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports) that he has gathered information on Suarez’s character:
He has a strong, provocative personality. From the information I gathered on him it appears that on a day-to-day level he is really easy to work with.
Also that he's respectful, he loves training, he's an angel. He turns into a demon when he's on the pitch.
We all dream about having players like that.
Wenger’s interest in Suarez was confirmed during the summer, when Arsenal lodged their bid before sitting back to see if the player would force a move from Anfield, per BBC Sport.
The plan appeared to be working for a while, when Brendan Rodgers instructed Suarez to train away from the rest of the Liverpool squad, per Chris Bascombe and Luke Edwards of The Telegraph.
However, the South American now looks extremely happy at Liverpool, where he has fired 17 goals already this season to move the Reds within two points of Arsenal at the top of the table.
Should Rodgers’ side book Champions League football this term, there is little justification for Suarez to want to swap Anfield for the Emirates in the future. Both sides play attractive football and both are currently thriving in the Premier League and looking like title contenders.
The difference arrives if Liverpool miss out on a top-four spot, at which point Wenger will surely renew his pursuit of the Uruguayan.
Intriguingly, Wenger admits he has gathered information on the forward, which strongly suggests he is monitoring Suarez’s situation ahead of next summer.