By Noel Whelan

3rd Nov, 2021 | 5:00pm

Arsenal could complete Sterling signing after journalist's Twitter update - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted the capture of Man City star Raheem Sterling would help Arsenal to a “top-four finish”.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 26-year-old would be an upgrade for the Gunners with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette nearing the exit door.

Sterling has started just three of Man City’s 10 Premier League games this season, scoring once.

Last month (October 2nd), the Daily Star reported that the super-quick forward’s contract situation is being watched closely by Arsenal.

The Gunners could face stiff competition from Barcelona, with journalist Gerard Romero (October 28th) claiming on Twitter that Xavi is lining up the winger as one of his first Camp Nou additions.

Sterling will have just one year to run on his Man City contract next summer, with his contract standoff with club officials continuing.

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When asked if Sterling could choose Arsenal over Barcelona, Whelan told Football Insider: “Possibly, possibly.

“With Raheem Sterling, if you’re going to lose players like Lacazette and Nketiah at the end of the season – then Sterling would certainly be a step-up in terms of quality.

“He would help them achieve that top-four finish.”

“They’re definitely a much more attractive proposition now.

“They’ve improved a backline which has struggled so much in recent years, Arsenal never really managed to replace the likes of Tony Adams in that position.

“They’ve brought in the quality there with Ben White and Gabriel.

“These young players, like Smith Rowe and Saka, who are coming through and making a difference – it’s exciting.

Sterling has netted one goal in 14 appearances across all competitions this term.

The forward has scored 115 goals in 306 games for the Premier League champions since joining in 2015 from Liverpool, where he netted 23 times.

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