Luis Suarez reflects on decision to turn down Arsenal transfer

Luis Suarez looks back on his decision to snub Arsenal and stay at Liverpool back in 2013

Luis Suarez has thanked Steven Gerrard for convincing him not to join Arsenal from Liverpool back in 2013.

The north London club tabled a big-money bid – believed to be around £40m – to sign the Uruguay forward from Liverpool but failed in their attempts to bring Suarez to The Emirates.

Suarez stayed at Anfield and continued his prolific form for the Merseyside outfit, before being sold to Barcelona for £75m the following summer.

And the former Liverpool man has revealed how a conversation with Reds skipper Gerrard helped to convince him that staying at Anfield was the right decision.

Suarez is quoted as saying by Metro: “Arsenal’s interest in me was very public – I don’t think it is any secret.

“I had a private conversation with Stevie after training and he told me to give Liverpool another season – and to wait for Barcelona.

“Looking back now it is one of the most important conversations of my life, but that is Stevie, he was a captain who was always ready to give his players advice.”

Suarez is preparing to come up against his former suitors when Barcelona travel to Arsenal for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

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The 29-year-old Uruguay forward has already scored a staggering 41 goals for Barcelona in all competitions so far this season.

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