Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he knows the story behind Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez recent spat with his club, but decided to keep reasonably quiet.
Charlie Nicholas has claimed that Arsenal should pursue alternatives to Riyad Mahrez, although he would likely make our starting line-up at present.
The winger has been eyed as one of a number of replacements for wantaway star Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean expected to make the move to Manchester City in the coming weeks.
Happy New Year to all readers at JustArsenal.com and with the clock reading past 00:01 that also means that the winter transfer window has now opened.
We didn’t get any Christmas presents under our tree in the shape of Virgil Van Dijk signing, like our top-four rivals Liverpool did, but we certainly expect there to be some movement from our club in the coming weeks.
Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign Riyad Mahrez for months, and the bookmakers appear to believe the deal could go through today.
No less than an hour ago had Barcelona been 6/5 (2.2) to sign the Algerian winger, but they have now lengthened to between 3/1 (4.0) and 4/1 (5.0).
Arsenal are believed to have held talks over a swoop for Riyad Mahrez for much of the summer, but have put his capture off so far.
Thomas Lemar was believed to be a priority over the Algerian winger, but now looks to be off the cards, and there had been thoughts that would mean the Leicester star would become wanted once again.
Arsenal have had a big boost in their bid to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, with the Foxes boss ruling out a move to Roma.
The Algerian international was previously speculated as close to a move to the Giallorossi, and a date was even claimed to have been made for his medical, but Craig Shakespeare has ruled out such a switch.
Arsenal have supposedly been offered Juan Cuadrado for a fee of £26.8 Million, while our bids to sign both Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez have both taken blows.
The Gunners have been pursuing a deal to bring Monaco’s Lemar to London, but have so far failed to tempt the French champions to accept one of three supposed offers.
Arsenal have already moved to bring in Alexandre Lacazette this summer, but are supposedly eyeing an attacking player who can play off the striker.
Alexis Sanchez is heavily expected to leave the club in the coming weeks, with Paris Saint-Germain looking his most likely destination at present. His exit will leave us shy of top attacking options, and a replacement is being lined up at present.