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Raheem Sterling missed a number of glorious chances in his last match to end his goal-drought but as some journalists wonder if it is down to fatigue, I wonder if it has anything to do with Mikel Arteta leaving.
Mikel Arteta has been widely credited with the way Sterling has developed after he left Liverpool to in City in 2015 for £57.33m.
Appointed as Arsenal head coach on 20 December, City have played 11 games in all competitions since then with a record that reads P11 W8 D1 L2 F27 A11. Sterling grabbed an assist in the game against Leicester the day after Arsenal made their announcement.
In his next game, against Wolves six days later, he scored two, but has not found the net since in six appearances (the seventh game mentioned in the piece below saw Sterling remain on the bench).
Of course, it’s likely all just a huge coincidence that the timing of Sterling’s longest City goal drought comes in the wake of his mentor leaving the club.
Still, it is a coincidence nonetheless…
This season Sterling has 20 goals and six assists in 34 games for City in all competitions having played a total of 2,717 minutes.