While Arsene managed to land Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez, there is one deal that the manager could not see through before the transfer window closed. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge wanted a last minute temporary move to Arsenal.
According to Metro, Sturridge’s representative approached the Gunners highlighting the striker’s availability on loan. They wanted Arsenal to be the striker’s knight in shining armour by bringing the England international to the Emirates Stadium.
Sturridge is finding it difficult to earn a regular place in the starting line-up under Liverpool’s current manager Jürgen Klopp, and wanted a last minute out from Anfield.
The Englishman has made only a single start for Liverpool in their current Premier League campaign which came in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley. Last season, Sturridge scored eight goals in the 14 appearances he made in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old is not only struggling to find game-time but has also played out of position on the wing rather than in a central striker role. This is why his own personal team contacted Arsenal but the move was blocked by Liverpool.
The Gunners had previously signed an out-of-favour striker when they bought Danny Welbeck from Manchester United in 2014. The deal did not pan out well for the Gunners as the England striker has spent more time injured than on the pitch ever since arriving at the Emirates Stadium.
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Signing Sturridge on loan would have been a similar case in terms of getting an out of favour striker for a bargain but Wenger could have used him in replacement of Olivier Giroud who at times is inconsistent in his performances. Although the arrival of Lucas Perez eliminates a need for a regular striker, Sturridge could have proved a handy substitute for Wenger at the least.
Perhaps the striker could convince Liverpool to let him leave on loan in the January transfer window if his position at the club doesn’t improve. Wenger could then make an official bid for Sturridge and eliminate the risk of compromising their campaign because of injuries that often hit Arsenal in the second half of the season.