Arsene Wenger gave his press conference ahead of Thursday’s match against West Brom where he played down reports of a move for Riyad Mahrez, and denied claims Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were unhappy.
Key creative stars Sanchez and Ozil have been claimed to be seeking assurances over the club’s future before agreeing new contracts, with previous talks said to have broken down in recent months.
The French boss has moved to dismiss such reports however, claiming the pair are happy and are ‘keen to stay’ at Arsenal.
Wenger was also asked if the club are interested in signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City this summer, who is likely to pick up a surprise Premier League winning medal this season and is also the favourite to be selected to win the PFA Premier League Player of the Year Award.
The former Monaco chief played down such reports, but added that he would not tell us regardless.
To the supposed interest in Mahrez, he responded: “No, even if it was I wouldn’t talk about it this stage of the season.”
Wenger hardly ruled out a move for the Algerian stand-out star, but you would have to think that all the big teams in England and abroad would at least be looking at him.
Mahrez is the highest scoring non-striker in the Premier League this term, with 16 goals, as well as being credited with 11 assists also.
We have seriously lacked in the goalscoring department this season, and Mahrez’s goals or assists would be a huge plus.
How having Mahrez in our side this term have won us the league? Or do we still lack one or two others?