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.
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.
27 - Luis Suarez has scored 27 goals in 25 Premier League appearances in 2013. Explosion.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2013
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.
17 - Luis Suarez has scored more goals than 10 of the 20 Premier League teams this season. Relentless.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 15, 2013
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.
Will Suarez still be at Liverpool when the January transfer window closes?
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.