Arsenal have been linked with a summer move for Liverpool’s contract rebel Raheem Sterling for some time, and Wenger did not stop the rumours when he did NOT deny there would be a bid for the England international in the run up to the Liverpool match. Wenger said: “I do not want to speak about any move. We are not in a transfer period, we are in front of a big game.
“I respect Liverpool and I do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players.”
Now Le Prof has admitted that he thinks Sterling has had an excellent season. He was asked by the Mirror about who he would choose for Player-of-the-Season this year, and he replied: “Hazard…. Sterling…. Maybe I forget some. Maybe Hazard.”
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the hot favourite to win the accolade, but our very own Alexis Sanchez could have a storming end of season to add to his brilliant beginning, and according to the Burnley boss Sean Dyche he is the standout player so far. Dyche said: “The boys tell me it’s Hazard, but in terms of the best we’ve faced this season Alexis Sanchez was different class when we played at Arsenal.
“For him to perform as well as he has done, after Arsenal paid a lot of money for him, in a League where others have found it more difficult to settle, speaks volumes.”
If only Alexis had kept up the blistering pace of his early season form, when he singlehandedly kept the Gunners in the title chase. It has been a long long time since Arsenal had a PFA Player-of-the-Year.
As for Sterling, Wenger’s choices do show that he has definitely been very impressed with the Liverpool winger, so maybe those rumours of a bid this summer could yet be true…..