Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has hit back at Liverpool FC captain Steven Gerrard’s comments, insisting “you’re never too good for Arsenal”.
Arsene Wenger has hit back at Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s recent comments about Luis Suarez being too good for Arsenal. The Frenchman insisted that “you’re never too good for Arsenal”.
Last summer Arsenal made a much talked about effort to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, but the bid was turned down by the Merseyside club. But Liverpool failed to keep hold of Suarez beyond last season as Barcelona came in with a massive bid this summer.
Club captain Steven Gerrard revealed how he advised Suarez to not join Arsenal as he believed that the Uruguayan international was too good for the Gunners.
“Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own (following an earlier ban for biting) that’s the conversation I had with him. I said: ‘Don’t go to Arsenal’.
“I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis go to Arsenal. With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal.” – The Liverpool midfielder revealed in an interview.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit back on Gerrard’s comments insisting that no one is “too good” for the London club. Wenger believes Gerrard is disappointed about the fact that he couldn’t win the league title with Suarez in the side, before the former Ajax star signed for Barcelona this summer.
“You’re never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that.
“But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn’t happen, and anyway, Suarez left.” – The Arsenal manager said in his press conference before the Emirates Cup.
Arsenal eventually signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in a big money move last summer, after failing to sign Suarez. The former Liverpool striker produced some wonderful performances last season, as the Merseyside club finished second behind Manchester City.
Liverpool have already invested a lot on their squad this summer, following Suarez’s departure, but have failed to replace the Uruguayan striker with a similar big name so far. The Reds were interested in signing Alexis Sanchez this summer, as a part of the Suarez deal, but the Chilean international opted to join Arsenal instead.
Gerrard’s and Wenger’s comments will certainly add a lot more spice to the matches between these two sides in the upcoming Premier League season.