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Arsenal boss quiet on Raheem Sterling to Arsenal speculation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no intention of getting involved in Raheem Sterling's contract saga with Liverpool.

The 20-year-old is currently stalling on a new deal at Anfield, insisting it was not all about money after rejecting a £100,000-a-week offer.

Arsenal had been linked with a summer move for Sterling, which the player described as "quite flattering".

Wenger, though, was not about to be drawn on any such speculation ahead of what is a key battle in the race to secure a top-four Premier League finish.

The Arsenal manager said: "Raheem Sterling is a top player, everybody in the country knows that now. He is a very important player for Liverpool of course.

"I do not want to speak about any move. We are not in a transfer period, we are in front of a big game.

"I respect Liverpool and I do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 23, 2012: Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Wenger added: "I don't want to interfere in (reports over contract negotiations), especially 48 hours before the game. That's down to Liverpool, it is not my problem."

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Arsenal resume the Premier League campaign looking to maintain momentum, having won all their last six matches in all competitions, and are currently third in the table and some six points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.

"It is a big game and an opportunity for us to continue our strong run," said Wenger.

"Liverpool is a big opponent, but we play at the Emirates and we want to do it."

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