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The solution to Arsenal’s problems or a risky signing? Analysing Sterling’s record at Man Citymanchester city transfermarkt

Manchester CityforwardRaheem Sterling seems certain to leave the club this summer, with first team football proving to be difficult to come by andPep Guardiola’s side set to bring in even more firepower ahead of the new season. And it seems as though aPremier League rival may be prepared to offer the England international a convenient escape route.

Stats Raheem Sterling R. Sterling Left Winger Manchester City Manchester City Season 21/22–
Premier League Games 30 Goals 13 Assists 6

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal managerMikel Arteta has been given permission to heavily invest in his first team squad this summer and that could mean a move for Sterling in the coming months. The 27-year-old forward is currently valued at £76.5 million but will enter the final year of his contract at the end of June.

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As such, Sterling and Man City may be forced to either nail out a new deal for the player or accept that their time together has come to an end, prior to the player leaving for free in 2023. And with Arsenal in desperate need of a new goal scorer next season in light ofAlexandre Lacazette’s expiring contract, Sterling may prove to be the ideal solution to their immediate problems.

Goals and assists aplenty – How good has Sterling been at Man City?

After making a £57.4m move to Man City in the summer of 2015, Sterling struggled at first to show his worth, with just six goals and two assists over the duration of the 2015/16 season. But after that the young forward found his stride and went from strength to strength for the English club.

Player Comparison Raheem Sterling Raheem Sterling
Alexandre Lacazette Alexandre Lacazette
Chelsea FC Olympique Lyon €70.00m Market Value €15.00m
27 Age 31
Left Winger Position Centre-Forward
Jun 30, 2027 Contract until Jun 30, 2025
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In the following campaign Sterling notched up a return of seven goals and 10 assists, which was then bested the following year with 18 goals and 15 assists. Which returned a remarkable average of 1.15 goals and assists per 90 minutes in the Premier League. Then, in the season after that, he bagged no less than 17 goals and a further 11 assists in the English top flight, while averaging another mighty return of 0.91 goals and assists per 90.

Custom table Sterling’s record in the Premier League

However, since then Sterling has found it harder and harder to truly nail down a consistent, starting role in Guarfiola’s side and has seen his total minutes per season drop in consecutive years, with this season’s current total of 2003 likely to be the third season in a row in which he has spent more time on the bench. The forward’s return on the pitch has undoubtedly been impacted by that, with Sterling averaging 0.81 goals and assists per 90 in 2019/20, 0.64 in 2020/21 and 0.72 in this current campaign. All perfectly good averages for any Premier League player, but nowhere near his career high from the 2017/18 season.

Custom table Arsenal’s squad depth for 22/23

Whether Sterling’s drop in numbers is due to him passing his peak years as a pacy forward – which isn’t entirely uncommon even if he is still only 27 – or is simply down to him no longer getting the game time and chances that he was once afforded in Guardiola’s team remains to be seen. But that’s surely something that Arsenal will have to consider before making a bid for the player this summer.

The solution to Arsenal’s problems or a risky signing? Analysing Sterling’s record at Man City