Wenger has no regrets over Suarez
Arsenal were the sole club to make an official offer for Luis Suarez in the summer. Their offer of £40 million and one pound may have been ridiculed, but the club's intentions to sign the Uruguayan were clearly more serious. If the bid had been accepted, Suarez would have broken Arsenal's transfer record by a significant margin.
Olivier Giroud had a decent first season at the club, but few would have expected the Frenchman to come in leaps and bounds this campaign. He has managed to carry Arsenal on his shoulders for most of the season. Arsene Wenger spoke about the need to sign a backup to Giroud in January, but that signing never arrived.
Ahead of a meeting with Liverpool on Saturday, Wenger says that Arsenal's plan was never to replace Giroud with Suarez. Speaking to the club's official site, he said:
"No [Regrets about missing on Suarez]. You sometimes have regrets when a player played for you, and scores goals or does well somewhere else.
"He was never our player, it is just a situation that did not come off and that is it.
"But it was not to replace Olivier Giroud. We never wanted to replace Giroud, we always had complete confidence in him. I said at the beginning of the season that he always does better in the second year everywhere and he shows that again this season.
"He is a very important player for us and I am not surprised at all he is doing well."
Suarez is the kind of player who is capable of playing with anyone and in any formation. Signing the 26-year-old, though, would have brought significant changes to the Arsenal formation. Giroud has performed exceptionally well in the 4-2-3-1 formation, while his physicality could have only helped Suarez perform even better.
Daniel Sturridge has somewhat taken the spotlight off Suarez in recent weeks, but the Uruguayan continues to demonstrate his importance on the pitch. He has created four goals and scored one in his last five matches.
Liverpool's chances of a title were written off by Brendan Rodgers yesterday, but they could suddenly find themselves back in the reckoning if results go in their favour this weekend. A win over Arsenal coupled with City and Chelsea dropping points could potentially put Liverpool within three points off the top.
Giroud has scored a very respectable 10 goals this campaign, but Suarez is way in front with 23 league goals already.