Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed in his Liverpool pre-match press conference on Friday that Arsenal wanted Raheem Sterling as part of the deal that would have taken Alexis Sanchez the other way on deadline day, but there was “zero chance” of it happening.
PEP: Arsenal wanted to make a swap with Raheem. They talk to me and I said no chance. Zero chance.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 8, 2017
The Mirror claimed just hours before the window shut that the Gunners had accepted a £60m offer from the Citizens for the Chile forward, but the move never went through as the north London outfit failed to complete a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Now it appears as though Arsene Wenger tried to get Sterling in part exchange instead, but Guardiola wasn’t keen on losing the 22-year-old ahead of an important season.
Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and while many are happy that they didn’t sign the England international, others say that they’ve “had enough”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Imagine having Welbeck, Walcott and sterling as the front three. Would have contemplated suicide tbh. #afc
— Ö11 (@Arafa88) September 8, 2017
Decision making in final 3rd is poor, best of luck to him at Manchester City! Plz no more England caps! Got away with 1 there! #wengerout
— Bbutton (@benbutton88) September 8, 2017
I think Arsene Wenger knew that….. That's why he suggested it. Clever psychological thinking.#ONEARSENEWENGER
— MICHAEL G GRIST (@MICHAELGGRIST) September 8, 2017
After pep talking about sterling/sanchez dealings.. 1 things clear: arsene wenger must be a compulsive liar!and gives me vibes of…
— Igor Music (@Liberoking07) September 8, 2017
It's only a manager like Wenger will have scraps like Welbeck and Walcott and still want Sterling. 😂 I'm so tired 😂😂 I've had enough 😂😂
— Mazi Olisaemeka ™ (@OlisaOsega) September 8, 2017
Still don't understand why Wenger would need Sterling https://t.co/L4jGT5C1dF
— WASIU JUNAID (@Waziuu_Junaid) September 8, 2017