Opinion: Sterling would hamper Arsenal rather than help as Gunners lead transfer race

Raheem Sterling is once again drawing links to Arsenal in a transfer that could well prove disastrous for the Gunners.

According to The Sun, Mikel Arteta’s men are leading the race for the England international.

After last season, I think many fans will agree that there is a lot to fix with the current side. However, the wings are one of the only areas on the pitch where the team looks comfortable.

Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe all enjoyed encourgaing second halves to the season.

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The Ivorian ended the term with a run of five goals in three league games.

Pepe’s form since his arrival from Lille has been somewhat inconsistent, although not all his own fault.

However, towards the back end of last season, he was magnificent. The Ivory Coast international looked more like a £72m player (Football London), with Arteta roundly praising him.

The Spaniard labelled the African’s work-rate ‘phenomenal’ after his revival at the club.

Meanwhile, the two youngsters, Saka and Smith Rowe, were part of the reason behind the change in attack.

The duo showed off energy galore in the Boxing Day victory over Chelsea, which was the first step in Arteta’s trust of youth.

He continued that trend throughout the second half of the season with the duo consistent features in the starting XIs.

And despite his poor form throughout last term, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still proves a great option on the flanks.

The club captain’s ability to cut in and strike from range is unmatched. He also movement also provides another option from crosses, due to his late runs into the back post.

Then there is the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, who is just returning to the staring XI following his long-term injury. After a less than desirable role last year, the Brazilian is sure to play a crucial part next season.

Sterling, who is on a £300,000-a-week contract at the Emirates Stadium (The Sun), is a great player, but, with the talent on offer, his transfer hampers Arsenal on the flanks.

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