Arsene Wenger has revealed that our options in the wide areas convinced him that we weren’t in need of Manchester City-bound Raheem Sterling, the Mirror reports.
Speaking to reporters as the squad touched down in Singapore, Wenger stressed that we have a plethora of options in wide areas and attacking midfield positions.
Sterling is set to complete a £49million move to the Etihad Stadium (via BBC Sport), and Wenger clearly didn’t see the need in shelling out that fee for a position we are currently blessed in.
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“We never considered it because he plays in an area where we have plenty of players,” Wenger told the waiting media.
“We have [Theo] Walcott, [Alex Oxlade-]Chamberlain, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Jack] Wilshere who can play wide, [Serge] Gnabry, so we have plenty of players and he’s a wide player basically, or behind the striker.”
Wenger’s reasons are understandable, but failure to address other failings in our squad will not be easily accepted by the majority of fans.
There is a clear need in the holding midfield department and up front, positions where quality arrivals are required if we’re serious about ending our 11-year drought for a Premier League title.
It seems as though we’re leaving our business till the last minute once again which could impact our start to the season.