The Guardian have revealed to Arsenal fans just how close the club were to signing Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge on transfer deadline day.
The England international, who turns 27 today, was close to a loan exit to the Emirates, but when the big friendly German Jürgen Klopp found out, he was less than pleased at the development and immediately shut down the move.
Goal also claim that it was Sturridge’s representatives who contacted Arsenal about the possibility of an initial temporary deal, but it was knocked back by Liverpool.
Sturridge is seething in a continuing feud with Klopp after the German deployed him on the wide flanks at the beginning of the season.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager responded to Sturridge’s media outburst about the matter by sending on Divock Origi ahead of Sturridge in a warning that players who stroll around with a poor attitude and a general lack of respect will not be rewarded.
Sturridge is undoubtedly a talented player, but he needs to comprehend that one player does not make a team, unless that individual is Luis Suarez.
Klopp is trying different tactics to begin the season and his use of 4-3-3 has had mixed results to date.
Arsenal on the other hand have kick-started their season with a 3-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday following a loss to the Reds and a drab draw with Leicester.
The signings of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and Lucas Perez from Deportivo la Coruna have brought a much needed boost to the Gunners, who were in desperate need of reinforcements in defence and going forward.
Mustafi is expected to replace Rob Holding in Arsenal’s defence after international duty, while Perez is likely to be utilised on the right hand side of midfield as part of an attacking trio that also features Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
They will not be able to make their debuts until at least the 10th of September in a home clash with Southampton, who are yet to win this season but have been boosted by the record signing of Lille’s Sofiane Boufal.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.
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