What Sterling said about Arteta getting Arsenal job
Arsenal are leading the race to sign Raheem Sterling with his Manchester City future in doubt, according to a report from The Sun.
Sterling made 31 Premier League appearances this past season, scoring 10 and providing seven assists.
At 26, he should theoretically be approaching his prime. But it appears that City are open to offers for the forward in this window.
The Sun reports that he could be offered to Tottenham as part of the Cityzens’ bid for Harry Kane. However, his wages may prove problematic for Spurs.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are therefore, in pole position to sign the £300,000-a-week star.
You could certainly understand if many fans, of both City and Arsenal, felt that there is little chance of Sterling moving to the Emirates.
The Gunners go into this summer off the back of a hugely disappointing campaign. And they are unable to offer European football to potential signings next season.
Arteta meanwhile, has not quite been able to silence all of his doubters during his tenure. It does appear that he has plenty to prove next term.
Having said that, the Spaniard is someone Sterling knows well.
And judging by comments he made back in October, it would appear that he is a big fan of the Arsenal boss.
“He’s a person that had a lot of say here. The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well,” he said, as reported by The Sun.
“So I knew once he went into Arsenal that it would be a great opportunity for him but also he would definitely implement what he wanted to bring in.”
Will Sterling see Arsenal as great opportunity?
Sterling obviously finds himself in a different situation to Arteta.
The Arsenal boss was looking for his first chance as a manager when he left Manchester City.
Sterling, on the other hand, is established as one of the best forwards in the Premier League.
As a player, his stock is higher than Arteta’s was in the dugout when he left the Etihad Stadium.
But as there may not be many sides who can afford to cover his wages, perhaps a move to Arsenal may not be entirely out of the question should City make it clear that he is able to leave.
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