Arsenal transfers: Wenger refuses to comment on Sterling link

Arsene Wenger refuses to be drawn on the speculation linking Arsenal with a bid for Raheem Sterling this summer

Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on the speculation linking Raheem Sterling with a summer move to Arsenal after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool.

Sterling played the full 90 minutes as Wenger’s men secured an thumping victory over their top-four rivals at Emirates Stadium.

The Liverpool forward’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent days as talks over a new contract at Anfield continue to stall.

Wenger was quizzed about the reports after the game but said little about the media speculation.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Wenger said: “We have been linked [with Sterling] by the media.

“At the moment we are not in a transfer period at all. We are focused on Burnley next week and we have plenty of offensive players.

“If you look at who we had on the bench, we had Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck who did not start the game.”

Wenger’s men took the lead in the 37th minute when Hector Bellerin curled a left-footed shot low into the far post.

Mesut Ozil then made it 2-0 with a sublime free-kick just two minutes later, before Alexis Sanchez drilled home on the stroke of half-time.

Jordan Henderson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the second half but Olivier Giroud’s stunning turn and shot added gloss to the scoreline after Emre Can was shown a second yellow card.

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