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.”
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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.