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.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta as 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 as 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).

Sunday Telegraph, 2 February 2020

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.

Hopefully, he can get back on the scoresheet on Sunday afternoon when City take on Spurs.