There is a long list of Arsenal could-have-been’s, including Messi, Ibrahimović and David Villa. Arsene Wenger has revealed yet another player they lost out on and it is none other than former Liverpool star kid, and now Manchester City’s midfielder Raheem Sterling.
Earlier Wenger had denied wanting the England starlet in July, but has recently admitted that he regrets not signing the player before Liverpool did. “We had many players on the flanks, but Sterling was at QPR – that’s where we should take the players,” Wenger said. “We watched him but you miss obvious players. The history of every club is full of top players that you missed. At the time Liverpool were quicker.”
Liverpool signed Sterling from Queens Park Rangers in 2010 when he was only 15. They landed him at a fee of £600,000 and saw the Jamaican-born, make his place in the first-team at Anfield at the age of 17. At such a young age, Sterling became one of the key players for Liverpool but his parted ways with the club earlier this summer when City signed him for a British record fee of £49million.
The 21 year old has made 15 premier league appearance so far, scoring four goals and making two assists. He recently opened up about his move to Manchester and confessed that he does not regret leaving Liverpool.
“I thought [the move to City] at the time was right for me and my heart was saying that is what I should do. That is what I have done and I have no regrets,” Sterling admitted. “Liverpool and Manchester City are both big football clubs and I am just happy to be where I am – and I am happy with my development at this moment in time. I want to continue my development and win trophies.”
“Part of it was my development, trying to get myself better as a player, definitely help my club and definitely help my country in big tournaments.”
Arsenal and Manchester City will go head-to-head in Monday’s premier league clash where they’ll compete to close the gap between themselves and table leaders, Leicester City. Gunners are five points behind Leicester, and City is third, a point behind Gunners. Both of the clubs will try to win in order to get closer to the top.