Arsene Wenger insists he is focused on his own players rather than the one that got away in the shape of Luis Suarez.
Liverpool striker Suarez was a summer target for the Gunners manager but the Anfield club managed to retain the controversial Uruguayan attacker.
And he lines up against Wenger’s outfit tomorrow at the Emirates in a mouth-watering Premier League clash.
Suarez has scored six goals in the past four matches but Wenger says he prefers to concentrate on the players who have helped the north London outfit to the top of the table.
Quizzed about his audacious £40million plus a quid bid for Suarez – to activate a release clause – at today’s press conference ahead of the visit of Brendan Rodgers side, Wenger said: “You the press made it very public! I didn’t make anything public. Look he plays for Liverpool tomorrow, you know that and, as you said, he is doing very well. What is important for me is that the players who play for Arsenal, not those who could play for Arsenal.
“Our target is to have the ball and master the situation because we are dominating and we have more of the ball than our opponents. If you have the ball a lot we do not need to worry too much about our opponents. That will be the target tomorrow.”
Wenger went on to confirm Mathieu Flamini will miss tomorrow’s game with a groin strain and Serge Gnabry is also out of the encounter.
Speaking about Arsenal’s list of tough upcoming fixtures Wenger added: “It is a very important period, but I am quite confident. You can see I’m quite relaxed because I have complete confidence we will deal well with that period. I take that as an opportunity to show our strengths and I am completely sure the players will be up for it and take this opportunity.”