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The Gunners made two bids for the prolific Liverpool striker in the summer, both of which were rejected, and failed to add experienced back-up to the overburdened Oliver Giroud

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla admits it was a major regret that the club failed to sign Luis Suarez during the summer.

Arsene Wenger perused the controversial Uruguayan over the course of close season and made two official bids for the former Ajax star, both of which were rejected out of hand by the Anfield club.

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The failure to land Suarez, or indeed any other striker of note bar the inexperienced Frenchman Yaya Sanogo, has left the current league leaders with just Olivier Giroud and the out of sorts Nicklas Bendtner to lead their line until the window reopens in January.

Giroud started the season in electric form but has scored just once in his last seven games for club and country and Cazorla admits having Suarez around would have eased the burden on the former Montpellier man.

"Suarez's incredible. I'd have loved it if he had come; his style would have suited us," Cazorla told The Guardian. "Arsenal did all they could and he wouldn't have minded.

"But Liverpool didn't want to sell, which they're entirely entitled to do, and he's playing incredibly again.

"It's a pity he's not on our team! [Arsenal] saw some doors shut and, when they saw the chance to get Mesut, it was an opportunity to thump a fist on the desk, to make a statement.

"He's a superb signing. He's brought illusion, optimism and hope."

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