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Ian Wright: Luis Suarez should reject Arsenal

PLAYING DAYS: Ian Wright for Arsenal in 1998 (PA)

FORMER ARSENAL forward Ian Wright has said Luis Suarez is better off turning down offers to join the north London club.

The 26-year-old Liverpool striker has been subject to consecutive bids from the Gunners, including an audacious £40,000,001 bid, designed to trigger a release clause in the player’s contract.

The Uruguay international has so far not handed in a transfer request, and Liverpool remain adamant he is not for sale.

Nonetheless, it is reported Suarez is open to moving elsewhere to play Champions League football.

Wright told BBC Sport: “I'd welcome him at Arsenal with open arms.

“But if I was Suarez, when you look at everything, it does seem strange he would want to go to Arsenal. I would give Liverpool another season.”

He said the bid reflects Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s realisation that the club must spend big if they are to stay competitive in the league.

Wright added: “Arsenal finally realise they've got to get up there with the big boys otherwise they will be left behind.”


BITING RIVALS: Luis Suarez, right, was given a ten-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, left (PA)

Commenting on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s remarks that Suarez should be loyal and not join direct rivals for a top four finish, Wright said: “Gerrard is not someone who comes out and says things flippantly.

“If you look at Arsenal - not won anything in eight years, just challenging for fourth place, not really any players there who will make him say 'I'm going to play with him and him' - Gerrard has got a point.”

The ex-Gunners hitman, who netted 185 goals in 288 appearances while at Highbury, believed the “baggage” that comes with Suarez has put off other big clubs.

“Suarez is a world-class striker and if he didn't have all the baggage around him, I feel the Barcelonas, Real Madrids and Bayern Munichs would be sniffing around,” Wright explained.

“That's why I believe Arsenal should try to bring him in - because I feel it's the only time they could get someone like that. In another market, I don't think he'd even look at Arsenal.”

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