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In Suarez’s first big interview of the summer, the controversial Uruguayan has pleaded for Liverpool to let him leave. Despite reports that the clause Arsenal activated with their second bid did not require Liverpool to sell him, Suarez tells The Telegraph that a written agreement was made by him and the club last summer, saying, “I am being accused of showing a lack of loyalty but last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we did not qualify for the Champions League the following season then I would be allowed to go.”

Brendan Rodgers has always claimed that Suarez will be going nowhere this summer, pleading for Suarez to think about the supporters who stood by him. However, Suarez claims that the manager promised him the opportunity to leave should Liverpool not qualify for the Champions League last season, saying “I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me: ‘stay another season, and you have my word, if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave’.”

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As the start of Premier League season 2013-14 beckons and the transfer window draws to a close, Arsenal fans have reasons to be cautiously optimistic. Luis Suarez and his representatives have finally woken up to the fact that it is now or never time and ending his estrangement with Liverpool is a task that has now been drawn out far too long for their own good.

The Mirror reports that Suarez and his representatives are contemplating going the whole nine yards; handing in a transfer request, going to the Premier League for arbitration et al as they try desperately to wring free of Liverpool’s tenacious grasp. Suarez feels betrayed as in his opinion the Reds reneged on a gentleman’s agreement to let him go, should they not qualify for the Champions League and another team bids in excess of £35 million for him.

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Arsenal and Liverpool’s relationship this summer has been predominantly based on one player: Anfield talisman Luis Suarez. The Gunners remain the only club to bid for the Uruguayan forward this summer, although Liverpool maintain that it isn’t close to what they value the player. Suarez has indicated his desire to leave the club due to the lack of European football, and tellingly did not show up for Steven Gerrard’s testimonial gala dinner. This saga is threatening to be a nasty one, as Rodgers criticized Arsenal for lack of class recently over their pursuit.

In the midst of all this animosity between the two clubs, the Daily Mirror reports that both of them are also locked in a battle for young midfielder Dele Alli, who plies his trade for MK Dons. The 17-year old is known for his size, a towering 6 feet 2 inches, and many fans of Dons say that he is the best player they have produced. It is said that the club who wins the race for the midfielder will loan back the player to his local club for a season, as he looks to be a prominent part of the MK Dons team under Karl Robinson.

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Gareth Bale’s £100 million valuation has caused quite a bit of stir and now the shadow of this ludicrous figure has started to loom large and disrupt other ongoing negotiations, which is understandable as the valuation has set an unprecedented and quite possibly unreachable benchmark. Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers believes that his star asset Luis Suarez falls inside the same category as Tottenham’s Welsh superstar and Arsenal need to take a hint from Real Madrid if they are to have any hope of enticing him away from Anfield. Wenger on his part scoffed at the very thought of a £100 million bid, but continued to reiterate his interest in the Uruguayan marksman.

In excerpts of an interview carried in the Sunday Mirror, Rodgers said, “Gareth Bale has been valued in nine figures. Now I thought Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez were the two best players in the Premier League last season. You can’t say that Gareth Bale is worth 100 percent more than Luis Suarez.”

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The transfer window is at its midway stage and Arsenal is yet to keep their word on making a game changing purchase. Despite Ivan Gazidis beating the war drum about the dawn of a new era of financial superpower, anything substantial is yet to materialize. In the midst of growing despair, one would hope that the man at the heart of all major decisions Gunners, would have words of wisdom that would lend some semblance of confidence to the hopeful, but Arsene Wenger is still choosing to play safe.

In excerpts of an interview carried in London24, Wenger said, “I don’t want to speak about Suarez, because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal. We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way.”

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The Luis Suarez saga has stalled in recent days, giving more credibility to the claim that Arsenal will not make any big signings before the start of the new Premier League season. Liverpool do not want to sell to their rivals, and Arsenal will most certainly have to overpay to get their man. A mutiny amongst the Arsenal fans is on the horizon if the Gunners fail to get quality players this transfer window, and a lot of their pursuits thus far this summer have been embarrassing to say the least.

Ian Wright is etched in Arsenal history, being the club’s second highest goalscorer of all time. BBC reports that while the legend would “welcome him [Suarez] at Arsenal with open arms”, Wright finds it “strange he would want to go to Arsenal”. Steven Gerrard has recently said that a move to the Emirates would be a sideways one for the controversial striker, and Wright agrees, saying that “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”.

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has gone cold in recent days. This comes after news that the mercurial Uruguayan will not be seeking arbitration over a key clause the Gunners activated when they bid a pound above 40 million. With Suarez having three years left in his contract at Anfield, Liverpool look to be in the driving seat regarding the forward. Not keen to directly strengthen their Premier League rivals, Liverpool will be expecting close to what PSG forked out for Suarez’s compatriot Edinson Cavani if the Gunners have any desire to bring the forward to the Emirates this summer. In a matter of days, the hope of bringing the striker to the Emirates has been almost extinguished.

However, London24 reports that former Arsenal manager Terry Neill believes the Gunners will eventually sign Suarez this transfer window. Neill, who managed the Gunners from 1976 to 1983, believes that “it is becoming the norm these days that these deals go to the wire”. He says that “it is a real battle of nerves and Arsenal clearly have a valuation for the player and Liverpool have another”. Neill has optimism over Suarez joining, saying that he honestly has “no doubt that something will happen”.

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