In Focus: Regular starts at Arsenal could be the making of Raheem Sterling

As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal haven’t given up hope of bringing Manchester City star Raheem Sterling to the Emirates this season.

What’s the story?

Having only made two summer signings, Arsenal fans are looking for more from the club in the upcoming January transfer window, hoping to see a team assembled that can finish in the upper reaches of the English Premier League table once again.

One man Arsene Wenger is looking at is England international Raheem Sterling.

That’s according to The Daily Mail, who report the Gunners will return in January with another bid for the 22-year-old after failing to convince City to let him leave as part of a potential Alexis Sanchez move in the opposite direction.

The paper say the attacker is open to a move to London to get regular game time under Wenger.

Will he improve Arsenal?

Sterling moved to Manchester City in 2015 for a reported £49m but hasn’t quite hit the heights at the Etihad that justifies that kind of price tag. He’s also failed to make more than 30 Premier League starts in each of his seasons at the club, highlighting that he isn’t seen as the main man in the Man City starting eleven.

However, in his two seasons at the club he has scored 20 goals in all competitions and created 14 assists, a contribution that shows he can be an effective presence in the Gunners’ attack. If Alexis Sanchez does end up leaving the club, they’ll need to add serious quality and Sterling can provide that on the flanks.

With more responsibility and faith from his manager, he could well fully realise the potential he’s shown at City and Liverpool. Still just 22 years of age, has plenty of time to do it at a club like Arsenal.