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Arsene Wenger: Raheem Sterling was never a serious target for Arsenal

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Despite being linked with a move on numerous occasions, Arsenal were never considering a serious offer for Raheem Sterling, according to boss Arsene Wenger.

the young England star was not a top priority for the Gunners this summer, with Wenger content with his options on the flanks and the likelihood that Sterling was always going to join Manchester City, according to FourFourTwo.

However, despite the £49 million fee agreed by City and Liverpool, the Arsenal boss has no doubt that Manuel Pellegrini has a top-class player on his hands and has refused to rule out anymore business of his own. 

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Speaking at Singapore’s Changi Airport, ahead of his sides pre-season tour, Wenger said: "It looked a done deal a while ago, with Sterling adamant he wanted the move.

"For me, Sterling is a top-class player and a good buy for Man City. An expensive one, but they can afford it.

"[Arsenal didn't make a bid] because he plays where we have plenty of players, but we're still open to do something else."

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The fee agreed between the two clubs will make Sterling the most expensive English player of all time. Eclipsing the £35 million paid by the Merseyside outfit for Andy Carroll in 2011.

Real Madrid and Chelsea were also rumoured to be interested, but it is City who have sealed his signature as they continue to chase home-grown talent.

Arsenal are not short of players who can play on either flank and it comes as no surprise they were not interested in throwing £49m at the feet of Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all first-team players, with Serge Gnabry on the fringes. Aaron Ramsey also played right midfield towards the end of last season.

Sanchez was the most impressive of these players, scoring 16 and assisting 8 goals in 35 games. While Cazorla, despite playing in central midfield on numerous occasions, scored seven and set-up 11 in 37 league matches.

Walcott, Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain all struggled with injury throughout the campaign, however Walcott managed to find the back of the net five times in just 442 minutes and four Premier League starts.

Despite voicing his displeasure at playing on the right, Ramsey produced a string of fine performances and ended the season with six goals and assists in 29 games.

Sterling himself managed seven goals and seven assists in 35 games, compared to nine goals and five assists in 33 appearances when Liverpool finished second. 

He failed to produce the amount of incisive runs and high quality performances last campaign, as he appeared to struggle with the burden of carrying Liverpool forward, following the sale of Luis Suarez and injuries to Daniel Sturridge.

Exceptions can be made, as Brendan Rodgers failed to replace the 52 goals of Suarez and Sturridge as replacements Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failed to deliver. 

The thought of Sterling linking up with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and co is an exciting prospect as Manchester City try to wrestle back the Premier League, but I doubt Arsene Wenger will have many sleepless night over losing out this time.

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