Jamie Carragher has stated that Arsenal not signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool was Arsene Wenger’s biggest mistakes in all his years with the club.
The Uruguay international was agitating for a move away from Anfield in the summer of 2013 but the Reds did everything they could to keep him on Merseyside.
Suarez ended up staying and almost firing Liverpool to the Premier League title, before moving on to Barcelona and playing a role in the Catalans winning a momentous treble last term.
In 2013 Wenger made Liverpool an offer of £40 million plus £1, believing that a bid in excess of £40 million would have sparked a release clause in the South American’s contract.
In the end up Arsenal missed out on Suarez and the Emirates Stadium faithful continue to stress that the lack of a world-class striker is blighting their chances of success.
Carragher has stated that Wenger should have treated Liverpool with more respect and landing Suarez would have changed the North London club’s fortunes.
“If you look back at Wenger’s 20 years in English football, there are so many highlights, but that day in July 2013, with the bid that enraged Liverpool, cannot be ignored. Not signing Suarez is the biggest mistake of Wenger’s reign,” Carragher wrote in The Daily Mail.
“Had Arsenal pushed the boundaries for Suarez, perhaps with an offer of £50m, I believe they would have won the Barclays Premier League in two of the last three seasons.
“That’s the thing about Suarez: whichever team he plays for, he drags them to a higher level.”