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Wenger willing to wait on Suarez

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will play the waiting game at The Emirates as he is prepared to remain patient on his transfer targets - with the saga regarding Luis Suarez continuing to rumble on.

The Gunners have seen two bids for the Liverpool striker rejected, with the latest offer of £40,000,001 being questioned by Liverpool principal owner John W Henry earlier in the week.

Wenger insists the club are in no rush to make signings, and believes any activity in the transfer market is unlikely to happen before the Emirates Cup next weekend.

"We are ready to do quick deals but all the transfers do not depend only on us," Wenger is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror - adding that the current crop of players can fight for the Premier League in the coming campaign.

"But we are prepared to wait. It looks unlikely before the Emirates Cup. We still have a strong squad but we are there on the market to try to strengthen our team. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season," the Frenchman added.

Wenger refused to be drawn into the Suarez subject after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers questioned the striker's wishes to leave Anfield.

"He [Rodgers] must explain that. I don't know. We are not close to signing Suarez or anybody else so there's no reason why I should talk about it," Wenger said.

"There is nothing to say. I have been away now for two or the weeks and it's hard to see how things are advanced because everyone is on tour at the moment and it's very difficult to get in touch with people.

"What we want is not a name but a good player. The name is less important. What is more important is the quality of the player. At the moment I must tell you we are not close to signing anybody.

"We try to do the job and we will try to do it well. But that is in front of us. We have worked a lot but nothing has been concluded with anybody. Of course we want to do as many top players as we can. But we also have to focus on the players we have and develop them."

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