'I'd have loved Suarez at Arsenal'

Santi Cazorla has discussed the Gunners' failed transfer move for Luis Suarez of Liverpool.

If you read one interview over the course of the next 24 hours, make sure it is Sid Lowe's lengthy chat with Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla.

The Spaniard discusses just about everybody and everything connected with the Gunners - and to read it in full click this link.

One of the more fascinating aspects of the interview was Cazorla's comments about Luis Suarez.

"Suárez's incredible. I'd have loved it if he had come; his style would have suited us. Arsenal did all they could and he wouldn't have minded. But Liverpool didn't want to sell, which they're entirely entitled to do, and he's playing incredibly again. It's a pity he's not on our team!"

A simple stats comparison tells you everything you need to know about what Luis Suarez could have brought Arsenal: Goals.

He has eight goals in six games, three more than Olivier Giroud (5) has in 11 appearances.

He has thrived at Anfield upon his return, and has entirely moved on from the summer transfer saga which appeared to drag on forever.

It's a bit frustrating in all likelihood for Liverpool fans that Arsenal's players keep on discussing their failed bid for the striker, Giroud doing so back in September, commenting that he would have welcomed the Uruguayan happily.

Suarez would certainly be the striker to take Arsenal into the next stratosphere, but we can adamantly say that the Gunners can forget signing him.

Liverpool made that perfectly clear in the summer, and he now looks happier than ever. If he does go in the summer, you can bet for certain his next move won't be to an English team, the hierarchy at Anfield will make sure of that.

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