Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger's Chance to Sign Luis Suarez Has Gone

Leigh Walsh@@leighwalsh87Correspondent IDecember 19, 2013

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - OCTOBER 15: Luis Suarez of Uruguay laments losing a goal during a match between Uruguay and Argentina as part of the 18th round of the South American Qualifiers for the FIFA's World Cup Brazil 2014 at Centenario Stadium Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger “dreams” of having a player like Luis Suarez at Arsenal, according to Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports. 

The Arsenal boss didn’t hold back when asked for his thoughts on the Uruguayan after Liverpool’s 5-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.

Speaking on French football program Telefoot, via Bailey, Wenger said:

I think that every defender in England hates playing against him.

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.

But now it appears that Wenger’s dream will remain just that, a dream. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24:  Liverpool FC Manager Brendan Rodgers (L) looks on as Luis Suarez of Liverpool is substituted into the match during the match between the Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2013 in M
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When the Gunners went in pursuit of Suarez over the summer, the 26-year-old was serving a 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic and he was embroiled in a war of words with Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers.

Now, however, things couldn’t be cosier at Anfield. Rodgers has been lavishing praise upon his star player at every turn, even making him captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard. And Suarez has returned the faith through his performances.

The former Ajax man has scored 17 goals and provided a further 10 assists in 11 league games—via Soccerbase—propelling the Reds to second place in the table. 

Liverpool have moved to secure Suarez’s services beyond his current contract, which runs until 2016. BBC Sport report that managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain to meet with the striker’s agent, Pere Guardiola, and that the Reds are set to make him the highest-paid player in the history of the club. 

If Suarez is to stay in England, it’s difficult to see him playing for a club other than Liverpool.

First off, Arsenal may no longer be able to afford him. They couldn’t meet Liverpool’s evaluation of the player over the summer, and his stock has risen dramatically in recent months.

If Liverpool finish in the top four and secure Champions League football for next season, then it will be even more difficult for the North London outfit to prise him away.

If Suarez is to move on from Merseyside, then Real Madrid appears to be the likely destination.

The Spanish club revived their interest in Suarez—according to James Dickenson of the Express—and the Uruguayan has been vocal in the past about Real Madrid and Barcelona being a dream destination for footballers. 

Key for Real will be the fact that Suarez is eligible to play in the Champions League. Los Blancos haven’t won Europe’s premier competition in more than a decade and their pursuit of “La Decima” is top priority in the Spanish capital. 

As each day passes, the vision of Suarez in the red of Arsenal becomes blurrier, and it appears that Wenger will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements up front.