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‘I’m about to go to Arsenal’ – €82.3 million Barcelona Striker Reveals It All About His Move

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Luis Suarez has finally opened up about how he nearly forced a move to Arsenal from Liverpool, until Steven Gerrard stepped in and convinced him otherwise.

Back in 2013, Suarez seemed desperate to leave Liverpool after a very poor 2012-13 season where Liverpool failed to qualify for the Champions League. Arsenal had come calling and audaciously submitted a bit of £40,000,001 – which was a single pound over the £40 million release clause the Scousers had inserted into their talisman’s contract.

However, just when things seemed set to escalate, with Suarez forcing a move to the Emirates, Steven Gerrard intervened. The former Liverpool captain advised the Uruguayan against making the switch to the Gunners, insisting he would be better off at Anfield. The Englishman also convinced him that he would sign for a bigger club when they inevitably come calling.

‘We qualified for the UEFA Europa League but the season ended badly,’ Suarez told Otro.

‘I’m about to go to Arsenal, forcing myself to go, and Steven tells me ‘I promise that if you stay this year you’re going to take off and next year you’ll go to Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid or whichever one you want, but stay this year because you won’t be better off at Arsenal’.

‘This was the last conversation I had with Gerrard at that moment and I told my agent that I had made my decision and I was staying.

‘His words convinced me in that moment. They came from a person who cared for me, who wanted my well-being, who saw me suffer during training and saw me sad.

‘They were words from a true captain that had an impact in that moment and helped me a lot.’

It turned out to be one of the best decisions Suarez ever made in his career. Arsenal missed out on a magnificent signing, but Suarez went on to win the PFA Player of the Year award, scoring a staggering 31 goals in 33 appearances that season. Gerrard was right about the last bit too, as Barcelona eventually knocked on the door and the striker has been at the Nou Camp ever since.

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Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk TROLLED – ‘Arsenal reject just ended best defender in world'

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Holland lost 3-2 to Germany in Euro 2020 qualifying with Nico Schulz netting a 90th minute winner.

But before that Bayern Munich winger Gnabry scored in the first half.

The 23-year-old cut in from the left hand side, evaded Van Dijk and curled home for Germany.

And fans were quick to criticise the Liverpool ace on Twitter.

One said: “Let me caption this better for you ”Former Arsenal reject Serge Gnabry just ended best defender in the world” Van Dijk.”

Another added: “So Arsenal had Gnabry and sold him. Man had Van Dijk on strings today.”

A third explained: “Serge Gnabry made Van Dijk look silly last night and being an Arsenal fan that’s upset me.”

Van Dijk has been imperious for Liverpool this season, helping them to a Premier League title challenge and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

He has made 38 appearances across the two competitions and impressed in the heart of the defence.

Van Dijk also has four goals and three assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

And the Liverpool ace had more luck against Gnabry in the Champions League as the Reds knocked out Bayern Munich.

Klopp’s side return to action after the international break against Tottenham on Sunday at Anfield in the Premier League (4.30pm).

Liverpool are currently two points clear of Manchester City but have played one more game.

Van Dijk believes winning the Premier League this season would be ‘something special’.

“Would I sooner win the Premier League or Champions League? I can’t choose,” he told the Premier League Show.

“But the Premier League would be something special.

“This year, because the race is so tight it says a lot about the quality of our team if we do it.

“If not, then we should keep our heads high and try again, but that’s something we’re not focusing on right now.”

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Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has enjoyed a week on holiday in Dubai during the international break. With his England career behind him, Milner…

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Arsenal set to table an offer for son of World Cup winner

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Arsenal is set to table an offer for Guingamp youngster Marcus Thuram at the end of the season, according to Le 10 Sport.

Thuram is the son of former French World up winner Lilian Thuram and has been a shining light in a very mediocre Guingamp side.

Unlike his father, who was a defender, Thuram is a forward, albeit more of a wide player than an out and out striker.

The 21-year-old was pivotal in knocking out Paris St Germain at the quarter-final stage of the Coupe de la Ligue, scoring the winner in extra time from the penalty spot and again scored in the semi-final against Monaco helping his side progress to next weeks final.

We are not the only side interested in Thuram, German giants Dortmund are also reported to be interested in the youngster and are said to be very keen.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reported to be the person that brought Thuram’s name up as a potential signing having had experience of watching him in France when he was in charge of PSG.

No fee has been mentioned but Guingamp are apparently prepared to sell as long as the price is right.

You have to think that this is a very realistic signing, if Emery himself has identified the forward as a potential signing then it must be serious and based on what we know, he would be a great prospect and fantastic acquisition.

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