Arsenal tipped to have upper hand in Raheem Sterling transfer – ‘There’s mileage in it’

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Arsenal have been backed to be in the race to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling. Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes the Gunners must attempt to sign Sterling if he becomes available. The England winger has seen his game-time restricted at City this season following the £100million arrival of Jack Grealish.

Sterling has started just three Premier League matches so far this term.

Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing the 26-year-old former Liverpool ace.

But Arsenal are also linked with Sterling’s signature, which could lead to a reunion with Mikel Arteta.

Arteta has widely been recognised as being influential in Sterling’s rise to prominence at City.

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Campbell reckons that could give Arsenal the edge in pursuit of the forward.

He would be extremely disappointed if his old club did not even attempt to sign Sterling if he became available.

Speaking to YouTube channel Highbury Squad, Campbell said: “I think there’s mileage in it. He [Arteta] really influenced him.

“Nobody can argue his output and return as a wide player.

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“And he scored over 20 goals as a wide man, that’s huge. If someone like him becomes available we have to be involved. We have to.”

Speaking in 2017, City boss Pep Guardiola explained the influence Arteta had made on Sterling.

“I think Raheem is enjoying scoring goals,” Guardiola said.

“He’s not scared, he’s not afraid to take a risk.

“And now he’s seeing how fun, how good it is to score goals. Now he’s more focused on that.

“Mikel Arteta is working many, many hours and days after training specifically about the last action on the pitch – that control in the last moment to make the right movement in the final three or four metres.

“You won’t survive in the high level teams in his position if you don’t score goals.”

Sterling has hit double figures in his last four seasons at City.

And he spoke admirably of Arteta shortly after the Spaniard left to join Arsenal.

“He’s a person that had a lot of say here,” Sterling told the Daily Mail.

“The manager trusted him here and he had a lot of influence on the players here and the team as well.”

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