Arsenal boss mocks Liverpool captain over comments on £75m star

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Arsene Wenger has hit back at Steven Gerrard's claims over Luis Suarez.

Arsene Wenger has had his say over Steven Gerrard's words to Luis Suarez, which urged him not to sign for Arsenal last summer.

The Liverpool captain was reported by SkySports this week to have said: "Last summer when he was out in the cold and training on his own that's the conversation I had with him. I said, 'Don't go to Arsenal'.

"With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal.

"For me, I would have been really sad and disappointed to see Luis go to Arsenal."

At his afternoon press conference ahead of the Emirates Cup, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was quizzed over the comments, and was quick to put Gerrard down.

The Frenchman even took a dig at Liverpool's failure to win the league last season with the Uruguayan.

"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 to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn't happen, and anyway, Suarez left."

Wenger is clearly buoyant with his club's summer transfer business, beating Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez, confident they are moving upwards, while Liverpool are fighting to stay still after Suarez's £75 million sale.

By taking a pot shot at Gerrard's failure to win the league title, the one trophy which has eluded him at club level, the Arsenal boss hit the Englishman where it hurts the most, when that wound is still raw. Yet Wenger is showing he is in no mood for Arsenal to be belittled, and having snapped up players from Real Madrid and Barcelona over the past 12 months, it's easy to see why.

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