In the summer of 2013 Suarez started to get linked with a move away with the club not participating in either European competitions.
Arsenal famously made a bid of £40,000,000.01, which they believed would trigger Suarez's release clause, which in turn prompted this tweet from the club's owner John Henry.
Speaking about the deal to beIN Sports over the international break Wenger explained that Suarez was far closer to signing than people realised.
“He was very close (to signing for Arsenal). We had an agreement with the player. We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player. You can ask him," Wenger said.
“I'm convinced he wanted to join us and then they sold him. They kept him one more year, improved his contract and promised to sell him the year later to a club abroad."
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Wenger 'convinced' Suarez wanted to join in 2013