Suarez agreed to join Arsenal from Liverpool, claims Wenger

The Arsenal manager explained why his side made a bizarre bid of £40,000,001 for the forward, the Gunners having been wrongly advised over a clause in his Anfield contract.

Suarez eventually joined Barcelona one year later for £65million, but Wenger insists a deal was effectively done and challenged any doubters to ask the Uruguay international personally.

"He was very close [to signing]," Wenger said to beIN Sports.

Wenger downplays Arsenal crisis: Liverpool have never won Premier League

Arsenal have dropped to sixth place in the table following their 3-1 loss at West Brom last weekend, while they crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Wenger, however, feels Arsenal's situation is not as bad as some make it out to be, stressing the quality of the other teams in the Premier League these days makes it difficult to consistently win trophies.

League leader Chelsea held but move 10 points clear

The result meant Chelsea extended their lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte's side has experienced for some time.

Pedro Rodriguez finished off a rapid counterattack to put Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute, only for Burnley to equalize through Robbie Brady's curling, 25-metre free-kick in the 24th.

Burnley had the better chances to win the game, with their physical presence causing Chelsea problems throughout.

EPL ROUND-UP: Martial stars as Man United beat Watford 2-0

The 21-year-old set up Juan Mata's opener in the first half before doubling the lead following a slick counter-attack to give the home side only a fourth win in 10 league games at Old Trafford.

Martial was forced to rubbish rumours this week that he would look to force a move away from United at the end of the season, with Jose Mourinho having restricted him to cup appearances only since he was replaced in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on January 15.

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Liverpool stumble again as Hull win 2-0

Juergen Klopp's side, with only one win in its last 10 games in all competitions, was sunk by a goal in each half from newcomer Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse.

Liverpool, which drew midweek against Chelsea after three straight defeats, are still without a league win this year and now trail league leader Chelsea by 13 points.

N'Diaye, on loan from Spanish team Villarreal, pounced in the 44th minute after Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had flapped at a corner.

In a scrappy game, Liverpool had more possession but failed to create enough chances to score.

Chelsea v Arsenal: Conte presents masterpiece crafted from rubble of Emirates loss

So long the Gunners' tormentors in the barren second half of the Frenchman's reign, Wenger and his players had finally, clinically, put Chelsea to the sword at Emirates Stadium.

The veteran's bete noire Jose Mourinho was out of the way and his successor Antonio Conte would surely take plenty of time to recover from this humbling, coming as it did on the back of being outclassed at home to Liverpool.

But little did Wenger know, 10 minutes into the second half, everything had crystalised perfectly for the former Juventus boss in the other technical area.

Watford dent Arsenal title hopes with shock 2-1 victory

Early strikes from Younes Kaboul and Troy Deeney gave Watford a deserved 2-0 halftime lead before Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back for Arsenal after the break.

Watford withstood heavy pressure in the final stages to hold on for its first victory in eight Premier League games and consign Arsenal to a first home defeat since the opening day of the season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who watched from the stands as he served the second of a four-game touchline ban, said that attributing his side's poor start to his absence would be an "easy excuse".

As rivals struggle in FA Cup, Chelsea flaunts squad strength

A 4-0 victory over Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday appeared routine, with Willian, Pedro Rodriguez, Branislav Ivanovic, and Michy Batshuayi scoring.

But with nine changes made to the side that beat Hull in the English Premier League last weekend, this was an exhibition of strength in depth. And more significantly, youth from the league leader.

Swansea damage Liverpool's title ambitions with 3-2 victory at Anfield

Sigurdsson proved Swansea's matchwinner as he pounced on a poor defensive clearance from Ragnar Klavan, the Iceland international securing Paul Clement's maiden win and Liverpool's first league loss at home since January 2016.

Adam Lallana and Tom Carroll had the best chances of a lacklustre opening half, but that all changed after the restart as the game burst into life.

Llorente struck his first goals away from the Liberty Stadium to put Swansea 2-0 ahead before Roberto Firmino lifted some of the gloom with his seventh in the league this season.

Plymouth Argyle 0 Liverpool 1: Rare Lucas goal sees Klopp's men through

The Premier League side had not lost any of their last 19 FA Cup games against teams from the fourth tier or lower, but they were pushed hard in a competitive clash at a packed Home Park.

Jurgen Klopp's men earned an early lead through an unexpected source as Lucas headed home a left-wing corner from compatriot Philippe Coutinho.

But the visitors were unable to convert their domination of the ball into further goals despite Daniel Sturridge, Coutinho and Divock Origi all being named in an attacking line-up, the latter seeing a late penalty saved.