In Focus: Wenger will look on enviously as Sterling rules out Arsenal move

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Arsenal have been dealt a blow if they wanted to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in the future after the England international admitted he would rather move abroad than to London if he left the Etihad.

What’s the word, then?

Well, according to reports in The Express in September Man City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Gunners wanted Sterling as part of a deal that would take Alexis Sanchez the other way, but a move never materialised as the current Premier League leaders didn’t want to lose the 23-year-old.

Now, speaking to the Daily Mail the wide-man says he would like to try his luck at a foreign club rather than move to the capital and a team like Arsenal.

Sterling told the Daily Mail: “I’m happy at Man City at the moment.

“But nobody knows what the future brings so one day, definitely, it would be nice to play abroad. It would be a great experience.

“Spain’s attractive. Anywhere the weather is nice really! Can’t be in London. I can’t be near my friends. They got to stay down there.”

How has Sterling done this season?

The 23-year-old is in the form of his life right now, and Arsene Wenger may be looking on enviously at the winger’s performances given Sanchez is hardly setting the world alight right now.

The England international has scored 13 goals and provided a further four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions for City this term, including crucial late winners against Southampton and Huddersfield Town in the Premier League and Napoli and Feyenoord in the Champions League.

How much of a blow is this for Arsenal?

It is a pretty big one, yes.

With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil potentially leaving the club either in January or next summer, and with Theo Walcott another potentially on his way out, the Gunners don’t have the options out wide that they perhaps did before.

Wenger will need to bring in a winger or two if the aforementioned trio leave, and Sterling probably would have been near the top of his list.

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