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Wright recalls how Arsenal missed out on Suarez

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Before Luis Suarez left for Barcelona, Arsenal tried to sign him with what can only be described as a “ridiculous” bid.

Arsenal tried to lure Luis Suarez away from Liverpool, the season before the Uruguayan made his big move to Barcelona.

Gunner legend Ian Wright recalls the debacle behind what has become known as the “ridiculous” bid.

You would be forgiven for assuming the bid was ridiculous in terms of its size and value given the talent that Suarez was and is today.

But in fact, it was quite the opposite.

Word got out that Suarez had a release clause in his Liverpool contract.

So Arsenal decided they would try to activate that clause by bidding one pound over the amount stated.

Speaking to BBC, Wright can’t believe what his old club missed out on.

He said:

“It’s a nightmare to think about.”

“There was a time when he could have gone to Arsenal but they made that ridiculous bid, a pound extra.”

“He left a Liverpool side that should have won the league to go to Barcelona when they were amazing – and made them better.”

“He’s amazing.”

Suarez had a phenomenal record at Liverpool.

If that wasn’t enough, he also an eye for special goals too.

Wright recalls:

“He scored one of the best goals I’ve seen in the Premier League.”

“People talk about Paolo Di Canio’s but that Suarez one against Newcastle was unbelievable, controlling a 60-yard pass, on his shoulder.”