Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken ruefully about the mistake he made in missing out to Liverpool over the signing of Raheem Sterling when the Manchester City star was at QPR.
England midfielder Sterling came through the ranks at Loftus Road before making a move to Liverpool for a £600,000 fee in 2010 at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the Premier League’s most exciting young talents.
Sterling left Liverpool for Manchester City for a fee which could rise to £49million over the summer.
And Wenger, whose Arsenal side come face-to-face with Sterling’s Manchester City on Monday night, now says the Gunners were pipped to the Jamaican-born star’s signature by Liverpool after dragging their feet.
“We had many players on the flanks, but when Sterling was at QPR – that’s where we should take the players,” the Gunners boss rued.
“We watched him but you miss obvious players. The history of every club is full of top players that you missed. At the time Liverpool were quicker.”
Title rivals City and the Gunners go into the match looking to close the gap at the top of the table after Leicester established a five-point lead on Saturday following their 3-2 win against Everton at Goodison Park.