Remember when Wenger reportedly tried to sign Suarez in a 2010 £42m triple swoop?

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According to several sources Arsene Wenger tried to sign Luis Suarez, Maarten Stekelenburg and Gregory van der Wiel for Arsenal in 2010.

This summer Arsenal seem ready to splash the cash, with big money already being placed on the table for Liverpool sensation Luis Suarez. The money has always been available for the Gunners to spend, according to their excellent financial records, but, after a barren spell of silverware continued in 2012-13, it seems Wenger has been handed the green-light to spend some serious moola.

Which was probably not the case back in 2010 - but that didn’t stop him being linked with big money approaches for talented players across the continent.

That summer it was reported he was ready to have a go at raiding a team going through significantly different financial circumstances.

Ajax were struggling - with big debts off the field, and Martin Jol leaving on it, many of their big names were linked with leaving.

Which is where Arsenal come in.

In July that year reports in England, Holland and Italy suggested that the Gunners could be ready to raid the Eredivisie club, for three of their players who starred at the recent FIFA World Cup.

Maarten Stekelenburg and Gregory van der Wiel were starters in the Dutch team that made it all the way to the final in South Africa - knocking out a talented Uruguay side at the semi-final stage.

That Uruguay side contained an Ajax team-mate, and one of the revelations of the tournament - you guessed it, Luis Suarez.

It was said that Arsenal were willing to offer the cash-strapped outfit £42 million for all three players to make the swap to the Emirates.

Nothing came of it but for the remainder of the transfer window Arsenal often saw themselves linked with the signing of these three players.

In the end Stekelenburg joined Roma and is now at Fulham, while van der Wiel stuck around in Holland for a while - signing for Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Suarez waited six months before joining Liverpool in January 2011.

And now a plus-£40 million bid for just Suarez doesn’t even seem to be enough for Wenger to get his man.

While I am not entirely sure what the truth is in these rumours from three summers ago, I do know one thing, Arsenal would have been saving themselves plenty of cash, if they had paid that money for Suarez back in 2010.

Do you think the Arsenal interest in Suarez was concrete three years ago? Will they get their man this summer?

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