Despite Liverpool’s insistence that they will not sell to Arsenal, and Olivier Giroud maintaining his fine pre-season form in the 3-1 win over Manchester City, Arsene Wenger has said that they will continue their attempts to sign Luis Suarez.
When asked if Liverpool’s stance would end Arsenal’s interest Wenger said:
“No. We will do it the right way and see what happens.
“I think the problem is the strength of the squad. Today is one game we are going to play 55 games. We are maybe a bit thin squad wise to go through the whole season.”
Both Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool owner John Henry have said that Suarez will not be sold, and that allowing him to leave Arsenal would damage the club’s ambitions of claiming a Champions League place next season.
Another player reportedly on Arsenal’s radar is Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who is likely to leave the Champions League winners in search of first team football.
Gustavo, who was left out of Bayern’s opening match of the season on Friday, could be available for around £14million, with Arsenal likely to be rivaled by Wolfsburg and Chelsea for the Brazil international.
A composed defensive midfielder, Gustavo impressed in Brazil’s Confederations Cup win this summer, and would be an excellent addition to Arsenal’s side.
Liverpool have shown their willingness to spend big money on youngsters over the past couple of seasons by signing the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, but Arsenal might hope that the fact that Obi is a Gunners fan might help them tempt him to the Emirates.
Watford are still hopeful they will be able to agree a one-year professional contract with Obi to ward off the interest from Premier League sides.
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