According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are still keen to sign Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, after missing out on his signature before the summer transfer window closed. With Alexis Sanchez a target for Manchester City on deadline day, the Gunners wanted Sterling at the Emirates as a makeweight. However, City manager Pep Guardiola refused the deal and may try to sign Alexis again in January. But Arsenal might approach Sterling again too.
With Sterling’s first-team opportunities for City not guaranteed due to the stiff competition for places, the report claims he might consider his future away from the club. The chance for regular playing time might be the key factor in the forward joining Arsenal, although Manchester City might prove to be the obstacle in any deal going through. With two goals in three league games this season, Sterling’s proving his worth, even if he’s made just one start.
Arsenal do have a lot of attacking options in the side, but they want a like-for-like replacement if Alexis Sanchez leaves. The Chilean international’s contract expires next summer and he looks set to exit the Emirates, meaning the Gunners will have to find an adequate replacement. Sterling can score and create goals and would also boost the London club’s homegrown quote, let alone the many years of service he could provide to Arsenal.
Monaco’s Thomas Lemar remains a target for the Gunners, and is 2/1 to join Arsenal this summer, but Sterling may well be pursued in the coming months.