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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsene Wenger opens up on Suarez bid

Arsene Wenger concedes Arsenal were not "subtle" in their 40,000,001 pound bid for Luis Suarez last summer, but insists the offer was not meant to anger Liverpool.

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Suarez was heavily linked with the Gunners over the off-season, and in July the London club submitted a bid for one pound more than what they believed was the get-out clause within the Uruguayan's contract.

Wenger, though, claims there is no ill feeling between the two clubs over the incident as they prepare to clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

"It was not the most subtle thing we have done, but it was not meant to be provocative at all. It could be interpreted like that, but it was not our purpose," Wenger said.

"It was one of the transfers that did not work and in every club you have two or three, but there is no need afterwards to speak about it.

"Suarez is a professional, he plays there, he is paid by Liverpool, and that is it."

Wenger added: "Relations (with Liverpool) are good. We kept in touch over that period.

"Life is about opportunities that you miss, some that you take.

"You can only make life with your own qualities. We have a squad that is good enough to beat Liverpool and that is what we want to show and focus on."

The Arsenal manager refused to be drawn over any future bids for Suarez, despite the club reportedly seeking a new striker in January.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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