Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 'never considered' a move for £49m Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling

Wenger has 'plenty of players' who play in that position

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club "never considered" a move for Raheem Sterling, because he already has "plenty" of players similar to the England forward.

Sterling, 20, is close to moving from Liverpool to Manchester City in a deal worth up to £49million and £200,000-a-week in wages; the forward had previously been linked with a potential move to Arsenal or Manchester United but only City officially bid.

The French manager, who arrived with his squad in Singapore on Sunday night, said that Sterling had never been a target for Arsenal as they have a wealth of options in attacking midfield and on the wing.

“It is a good buy for Manchester City. It looked a done deal for a while because Sterling was adamant he wanted the move,” said Wenger.

"It is an expensive one but they can afford it. We never considered it because he plays in an area where we have plenty of players.

"We have [Theo] Walcott, [Alex Oxlade-]Chamberlain, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Jack] Wilshere who can play wide, [Serge] Gnabry, so we have plenty of players and he’s a wide player basically, or behind the striker.”