John W Henry, owner of Liverpool, has said this evening that they will not sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal under any circumstances.
The American has told Ivan Gazidis that they won’t listen to any further Arsenal bids, and says it’s ‘ludicrous’ to consider selling the Uruguayan to a rival for the top four.
“We’re not in Europe this year and haven’t been in the Champions League for a while,” he said. “Obviously, to sell Luis to a rival for those positions, or one of those positions, would be ludicrous.
“We are not going to sell Luis. I’m unequivocal that we won’t sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. I have not said it to Stan but I had a personal conversation with others at Arsenal and told him we would not sell to Arsenal.
“He won’t be sold even if a foreign club comes in because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement. It’s a football reason. It’s not about finances.
“That’s why at this point, so late in the window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, we can’t replace him. So for football reasons we can’t sell, and especially to Arsenal.”
This, on top of the ‘What are they smoking?’ Tweet, means that the American will look like the least credible man in football if he backs down now. He’d look like Grant Holt at an Anorexics Anonymous meeting.
Henry also expressed his unhappiness that Arsenal were privy to a confidential contract clause. Asked if it concerned him, he said, “How does a club who doesn’t have permission to speak with your player see his contract? It should have been confidential.
“Unfortunately it’s the way it works in football. People don’t speak about it publicly but that’s the way it’s run. It’s how things are done,” he said, ruling out any kind of official complaint.
Maybe it’s all part of the dance, but it strikes us this is going nowhere fast from an Arsenal point of view, and perhaps we might be better off looking elsewhere.
Or, at least, we might have been better off had all the other top strikers in Europe been moved on already.
Oh, Gonzalo. It should have been you.