Date: 19th April 2015 at 12:15pm
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SterlingThere’s been a lot of rumours circulating around Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling making a move to Arsenal this summer.

The 20-year-old winger has only one-year left to run on his existing deal at Anfield and is stalling on a renewal – believed to be around £100,000k-a-week – with many claiming his reluctance to put pen to paper is over money, or lack of it. However, the England international has since dismissed this and suggests football motives are on his agenda, not financial gain.

As a result, Sterling is being linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, with Arsenal being one of the clubs linked with his services.

The Gunners also have a similar problem with Theo Walcott, who also has one-year left on his current deal at the Emirates and is stalling on a renewal.

With both players being in the same boat, media publications around the nation have decided to fabricate a ‘swap-deal’ between the two clubs this summer – Sterling takes the place of Walcott, with Theo going to Liverpool. It’s a plausible scenario which could well take place this summer, but would you like to see Sterling at Arsenal?

The Liverpool winger exploded onto the scene in 2012 and was the next best thing since Adnan Januzaj make his mark in a United. Unfortunately for the latter, his hype faded, and although Sterling isn’t talked about much, he still does the business for Liverpool and seen as their prized asset since the summer departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.

Sterling has the world at his feet. He has blistering pace, great movement on and off the ball as well as an eye for goal, all the ingredients required to become a Premier League icon…and he’s only 20!

If Arsenal manage to sign him they would undoubtedly possess one of the fastest and deadliest strikeforces in the Premier League. But do we really need him? This, in my opinion, depends on whether Walcott stays or leaves. If he leaves then Sterling would be the ideal replacement – he is basically a younger version of Theo but possesses more ability than his England compatriot.

But Sterling has issues off the pitch which may deter Arsene Wenger. The youngster was found puffing a shisha pipe on a number occasions and also inhaling ‘hippy crack’ (helium form balloons) – does Wenger really want to deal with this? Wojciech Szczesny was found smoking a cigarrete in the shower after that loss to Southampton in January, look where he is now.

Views are split between the Emirates faithful on whether Wenger should sign Sterling, even former Arsenal manager George Graham doesn’t believe we should attempt to land him as he is not needed. But should he become available, can they afford to let him join a rival?

Personally, I would love to see Sterling at Arsenal, despite his off field antics, this can be sorted out. As for his ability, if nurtured correctly, he can become a superstar and under Wenger this is more than likely to happen. Even if we don’t necessarily need him and Walcott extends his stay at the Emirates, Sterling should certainly be on Wenger’s thoughts.

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