Just like when I successfully predicted that Falcao will be a flop at Manchester United and Danny Welbeck would shine at Arsenal, I can guarantee that the man of the moment Raheem Sterling will NEVER join Arsenal.
The reasons he would never come to Arsenal are numerous, but here are the five main ones:
1. He’s a loudmouth
He doesn’t shut up does he? When Liverpool offered him £100,000 a week, he came out and conducted a lengthy and unauthorised interview with the BBC about how he wasn’t all about the money and just wanted to win trophies. The interview was close to 30 minutes long (28 minutes to be exact) and I have unfortunately had the misfortune to watch it all. It’s basically Sterling being advised to go on the charm offensive, rattling off from a crib sheet to try and improve his then damaged reputation. It didn’t work and he ended up being slated by the fans and by the press.
Arsene likes loyal players who respect the club and manager, so people like Sterling who start mouthing off whenever they feel like is something Arsenal will want to avoid.
2. His agent / advisor seems like a lovely bloke
Sterling’s representative Aidy Ward conducted an interview with the Evening Standard and make things worse, clearly trying to drive a wedge between the player and the club (as well as the Liverpool fans). He came out and said he didn’t care about the club and their image, and apparently called Jamie Carragher a “knob”.
He said a few other slightly controversial things and because of this there’s no way Arsene Wenger would entertain a player and agent like that. It’s more trouble than it’s worth and Arsene is known to like a harmonious dressing room. It’s the same reason he didn’t take a punt on Mario Balotelli when he was available last summer.
3. He’s unproven at the top level
Why do teams want Sterling? Because he’s English and fast. But the fact of the matter is that to date he’s had half a good season. And that was when he was playing alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in top form. He’s 20 years old and what is being sold is potential.
He’s been inconsistent this season, and scored 7 goals in the Premier League this season. So is that worth spending £40-50 million on? Get real.
4. Theo Walcott is better for Arsenal
Slightly controversial I know, but for Arsenal, Theo Walcott is the better player. He’s quicker, and been with the club for almost 10 years. While his game has been criticised people forget not too long ago he was our best player. Injuries have hampered his progress but once he’s back in the groove he will be back to his best.
Theo knows the ethos of the club, how we play and how Arsene Wenger wants him to perform. Added to that, his finishing is better than Sterling’s.
5. His ego is massive
Arsene isn’t a fan of players with big ego’s and Sterling’s is through the roof. When Liverpool offered the contract and he didn’t sign, it wasn’t big news. What made it big news was when he caused controversy and conducted the BBC interview without Liverpool’s knowledge. What kind of person does that? I’ll tell you who, someone who things they’re big news and the world revolves around them.
Former Liverpool players like Jamie Carragher, John Barnes, John Aldridge and Mark Lawrenson have come out and said things like he hasn’t done anything in the game and not achieved anything because he’s a young player who still has a lot to prove. He’s nowhere near the finished article – and it’s like someone like Hector Bellerin coming out now and shouting the odds and engineering a move (although that’s a disservice to Bellerin because he’s actually been consistent and developed as a player this season).
But you get my point, it’s akin to a youth player breaking into the first team and then demanding a move away or bigger pay day. It’s ridiculous and shows that Sterling has a massive opinion of himself. If his performances reached the top level then fair enough, you can do a Wayne Rooney and hold the club to ransom, but sadly for Sterling he’s not even close to that level.