Arsenal warn Suarez ahead of potential transfer

Arsene Wenger insists that the north Londoners have a strict code of conduct that they will enforce should they be successful in luring the controversial striker to London

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned Liverpool striker Luis Suarez that he will have to behave himself if he completes a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The striker, who will miss the first six matches of the season after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, has been the subject of a bid from the north London club worth £42 million, as revealed by Goal in July.

The Uruguayan missed eight matches of the 2011-12 season for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and Wenger has stated that any new signings will need to adhere to the “values” of the club in order to retain their reputation on and off the pitch.

“We have values that we want our players to respect, no matter where they come from,” he told reporters. “No matter where they come from, we will, of course, be very touchy on that.

“This club has built a reputation, not only during my period here, but during 130 years – and the values that are very important for this club have to be respected by every player, no matter where he comes from. That will be the case with every potential signing.”

Despite Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre remaining adamant that the 26-year-old is not for sale, Wenger is hoping that the club’s attempts to sign the striker can continue in an “amicable way.”

“We will completely respect what Liverpool want to do and we want to do that in an amicable way if it’s feasible,” he added.

“I’m a great believer that you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible and that is quite difficult in the modern world. We work very hard not only on the case you named [Suarez] but other different cases.”

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