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By ESPN Staff

Wenger: Suarez not too good for us

Arsene Wenger has rejected Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's claims that Luis Suarez was too good to join Arsenal.

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Arsenal twice tried to activate the striker's buyout clause last summer but saw both bids turned down, and Gerrard revealed on Thursday that he advised the Uruguayan not to make the move.

However, Wenger said: "You're never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that, but I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him [Suarez] to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn't happen, and anyway, Suarez left."

Suarez instead joined Barcelona for a fee of 75 million pounds, despite FIFA having imposed a four-month ban from all football-related activity for his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

His appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the suspension will reportedly be heard on Aug. 8.

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