Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Discusses Future Deal for Luis Suarez

Nick AkermanFeatured Columnist IVMarch 20, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool prepares to take a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger has ruled out a future bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez ahead of Arsenal's Premier League trip to Anfield on Feb. 8. 

The Gunners boss—who infamously offered £40 million and one pound in an attempt to trigger the Uruguayan's rumoured buyout clause during the summer, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard—suggests the time has passed on trying to lure Liverpool's prized asset away from Merseyside.

As reported by Sky Sports, Wenger feels no remorse toward his failed bid:

"You sometimes have regrets when players who played for you score goals or do well somewhere else," said the Frenchman. "But he was never our player, it is a situation that didn't come off and that is it."

When asked if he is planning a future raid for the 27-year-old, Wenger replied, "At the moment no, no."

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's run to the top of the Premier League has certainly softened the disappointment of failing to land such a spectacular player, but with a busy schedule on the horizon, Wenger may wish he had a world-class alternative to Olivier Giroud up front.

The North London club face a horrific run of fixtures during February and March, including two matches against Liverpool, as tweeted by Bleacher Report UK:

Suarez remains the Premier League's top scorer and has an excellent opportunity to ruin Arsenal's season. He has scored 23 goals in 19 appearances this campaign, providing seven assists and forming a profitable partnership with Daniel Sturridge, recorded by WhoScored.com.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool scores his team's fourth goal past goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton as Phil Jagielka of Everton closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on Janua
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Indeed, it was Suarez who clipped a deft ball across West Brom's defence to provide Sturridge with his 14th strike of the season during Liverpool's recent 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.

The pair were unable to influence the Reds' last encounter with Arsenal on Nov. 2, where both failed to score in a disappointing 2-0 loss at the Emirates.

Brendan Rodgers' men need to exact revenge if they are to remain in the title race, as another loss will see Liverpool trail the league leaders by 11 points.

It is undoubtedly interesting to consider where both teams would be if Suarez had switched allegiance, but as we gear up for a vital Premier League clash, the prolific striker will be intent on making Wenger rue his failed approach from last year.