By Noel Whelan

5th Oct, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit delivers verdict on Arsenal using Arteta 'special relationship' to complete Sterling signing

Noel Whelan has claimed Manchester City would be “silly” to part company with Raheem Sterling amid reported interest from Arsenal.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes Arsenal lack the clout required to attract the 26-year-old.

The Daily Star reported on Saturday (October 2nd) that Sterling’s contract situation is being watched closely by the Gunners, with manager Mikel Arteta is described as having a “special relationship” with the winger from their overlapping time at Manchester City.

The England star will have just 12 months remaining on his contract next summer and is currently locked in a contract stalemate with City.

The newspaper’s report suggests Sterling is currently on £300,000 a week at the Etihad and claimed City valued him at £100m just two years ago.

As such, Whelan believes Arsenal are unable to match the winger’s financial and on-pitch ambition.

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“I don’t think there are too many clubs who could afford his wages,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“That will be a huge stumbling block in any move.”

“He’s still got too much to offer for Manchester City, they would be silly to lose a player of that quality and calibre.

“Would Arsenal really give Sterling the satisfaction of winning trophies? Probably not, in my opinion, they’ve still got a lot of building to do.

“They’re a long way off the top four, and a long way off being able to attract players like Raheem Sterling.

“Arsenal would have to give him Champions League football and I very much doubt that will happen.”

Despite his excellent form for England, Sterling has found himself down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola in Manchester.

The ex-Liverpool winger has made just four starts across all competitions this term, scoring once.

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