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Wenger: Suarez deal has "no chance," but others do

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Most of us probably accepted this a while ago, but now we have our answer.

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Clive Brunskill

Looks like it's finally time to close the Luis Suarez storystream, you guys. In the postgame press conference for the 3-0 win against Fenerbahce, Arsene Wenger declared the deal dead, saying it had "no chance." He didn't elaborate, but as those of us who have been following Arsenal through the summer know, it was a rocky road to the finish. So for those among us who were never 100% happy about the idea of Luis Suarez at Arsenal, this might be a bit of a relief. For those among us who would really like a super, super quality forward to come in, it's less of a relief.

On the other hand, Wenger did say unequivocally that the work to bring players in continues.

It is like a poker game. People hold their cards as long as possible and see what is happening out there. In the end, they go for decisions.

First everybody goes on holiday and nobody wants to do anything. Then in many clubs there are manager changes. They need to know the squad before they make a decision. Many, many things but it is always like that.

You have to understand there is still a long way to go. The transfer market starts for me now and a lot of activity will happen between now and September 2. From August 21 until September 2 you have 12 days, so a lot will happen. It starts now.

Obviously he doesn't mean that last part literally - after all, Arsenal have made bids on players, including the aforementioned Suarez, and despite the bad jokes @FootyHumor or whoever will make, Wenger is a smart man who knows what's going on around him. But he has a point. There's not much time left, but there is time left. And the work continues. We'll see how it goes.