Claudio Ranieri is coming under fire at Leicester City currently, with his side struggling to cope with the expectations following their miraculous Premier League title win last season, but should he be on the shortlist to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?
He may be playing mind games in order to keep his opposite number Claudio Ranieri guessing about which Arsenal players will be lining up to face the reigning Premier League champions today, but Arsene Wenger was reported on the Arsenal website this week stating that he would definitely not bring all three of the late returners from Euro 2016 into the side today.
He has been the subject of many Arsenal transfer rumours throughout the summer, but so far it seems that Arsene Wenger has yet to make a concrete offer to Leicester City for their Algerian international star Riyad Mahrez. There definitely seems to have been interest, though, judging from the comments from his manager Claudio Ranieri.
I am sure that most Arsenal fans will be hoping for more, with an experienced and quality centre back and another striker top of most Gooners’ wish lists, but I for one am really hoping to see the Leicester City and Algeria star Riyad Mahrez swap the east midlands and the King Power stadium for north London and the Emirates this summer.
If the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are right, then Arsene Wenger has already agreed terms with the Leicester City and Algeria international star Riyad Mahrez and his people about his move to north London this summer. Reading between the lines of what Claudio Ranieri has been saying as well, it appears to me as though the Italian is almost resigned to losing his star player.
In the few days before the game yesterday, the sports papers and websites had been full of Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the Leicester City and Algeria international star Riyad Mahrez, with talk about a bid of around £40 million being readied and with the player said to have decided to make the move away from the King Power stadium and the Premier League champions.
One of the big questions that people are asking with less than a month to go before the start of the new Premier League season is whether last season’s champions Leicester City can keep it going and be one of the main challengers again or whether the league will go back to the status quo of the big clubs dominating.
There has been untold speculation about why Jamie Vardy has not made a public decision on joining Arsenal next season, ranging from pressure from the England boss Roy Hodgson, to the fact that his new wife Becky was receiving abuse from Leicester fans after it was revealed that Arsenal had met his buyout clause.