Arsene Wenger confirmed this evening that Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez is over despite his side looking nailed on to qualify for the Champions League proper following their 3-0 away win against Fenerbahce.
Speaking after the game the boss was quizzed on his next move for the Liverpool striker only to make clear a move for the Uruguayan was a no go.
“Absolutely no chance of that,” he clarified.
Looking ahead to a potentially busy couple of weeks in the transfer window – and with reports of interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema surfacing – Wenger did make clear that he is now ready to start adding to his squad.
“It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible and see what is happening out there. In the end, they go for decisions.
“First everybody goes on holiday and nobody wants to do anything. Then in many clubs there are manager changes. They need to know the squad before they make a decision. Many, many things but it is always like that.
“You have to understand there is still a long way to go. The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2. From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now.”
After a terrific win, the boss was, as you might expect, in a far more buoyant mood than his previous two press conference this season. Reflecting on the quality of his side’s performance in Istanbul he concluded:
“I believe we played in a very, very heated atmosphere against a good team but we had a proactive attitude from the first minute on and that was certainly was very important tonight.
“We did not come in shaking but came in resolute and determined and with a desire to take the game to them and overall we were in control. This team has shown a lot of mental strength.
“I told you yesterday that you had forgotten that this team has lost only one game since March under very, very special circumstance. Of course the environment we faced was difficult but the only way to do it is to go out there and play football like you want to play.”
Arseblog News suspects it’s going to be a very busy couple of weeks…