Arsene Wenger defends Raheem Sterling's Liverpool actions

Raheem Sterling

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Raheem Sterling forcing his exit from Liverpool.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has defended Raheem Sterling forcing his exit from Liverpool.

Wenger is quoted in The Mail expressing his opinion that Sterling did not do too much to rock the boat, writing his move to Manchester City off as typical transfer window shenanigans.

He said: "I personally don’t think that Sterling was making a lot of drama. It’s just during the transfer window that that happened.

"During the season the boy was quiet, never made any stupid statement. I don’t think he made too much noise. Will they miss him? He’s a quality player. But they bought [Roberto] Firmino. We will see what he will produce. He is a similar player."

Wenger has lost his fair share of quality players through the years at Arsenal, frequently powerless to stop them leaving.

What made Sterling's Liverpool exit so poignant however was the fact he is just 20-years-old, and was already seeking to leave one of the biggest clubs in English football, just one year after nearly helping the Reds to win the Premier League title.

The Arsenal boss does miss one bit of crucial information from his comments.

Sterling carried out an interview with The BBC on April 1, expressing his intent not to sign a new contract with Liverpool, even if it was worth £100,000 per week.

From this point on, speculation over his future heightened, and his form on the pitch dipped hugely. 

During this period Liverpool's form went into freefall, losing 4-1 to Arsenal, defeated in a FA Cup semi-final, and suffering heavy losses to both Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

If Wenger believes Sterling was 'quiet', the winger certainly was not quiet enough.

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