Wenger admits Arsenal could rival Tottenham for EPL star

There has been a plethora of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with the Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez since the Algerian international put out a statement setting out his intention to leave the club this summer. The Foxes are sure to be looking for a large profit on the 400,000 they paid for the 26 year-old just three years ago, but that should not be a problem for a big club like Arsenal.

When Arsene Wenger was directly asked if the Gunners were going to bid for him, Le Prof replied: “We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship.

“Like at everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn’t take away from his qualities.

“Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. No, we have not. When I say ‘not yet’ it means it could happen. It might not happen.”

The report also indicates that our great rivals Tottenham Hotspurs could also join the race for last season’s Player Of The Year, and just for a change Spurs can offer their targets Champions League football next season while Arsenal will be in the Thursday night Europa League.

I think Wenger is possibly waiting to see how our contract talks go with all the players entering the last 12 months of their current deals before making a concrete offer. Who would have to leave to make room for Mahrez?



  1. McLovin says:

    Force Sanchez to stay or sell him abroad.

    Sign Goretzka, Lacazette, Isco and Mahrez.

    Özil we can sell, he’s not that vital. Also get rid of the deadwood (Debuchy, Jenks etc).

    Hopefully those signings are enough for Sanchez to stay.

  2. gentle says:

    We need isco…. more than any player in d world

    1. Frank says:

      I agree. He is so much better than our £42mil donkey.

    2. lord wafflebury says:

      100% agree…said it for ages that he is a class act….keep an eye on him in the cl final…he ghosts about the pitch …very clever player who has all the attributes to be a true great but does not get enough game time for rm so may be up for a move. Gareth bale ahead of him but back from injury and on the bench so isco starting.

  3. ks-gunner says:

    If you are not eable to persue star players to stay than whats the point?

    Its not about where we stand in the end of the season but how we react towards it

    We are not showing ambition therefore us losing star players and going after less quality players. Such things do not happen with teams like Manure, City, Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool who besides failuare at times are not forced to regroup to much

    1. neil says:

      thats because city man utd and chelski pay stupid transfer fees and salaries… I think you will find that until recently both Spurs and Liverpool have sold their best players.. Bale and Suarez to name two

      Hopefully this year if only for 1 year arsenal will spend big which takes the squad to the next level and helps them make a sustained challenge in europe and premier league

  4. John0711 says:

    It’s not going to happen but imagine a front 3 of Maghreb,mbape and Sanchez
    Then in my humble opinion we need one CM of quality and could compete with anyone

    Cost 155m + CM either Seri or Bakayoko
    Total 200m
    Sell debuchy
    Income 100m ish total cost 100m and much stronger

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  5. citrenoogeht says:

    I think that this article confuses three separate issues which are; do we want to sign Mahrez?, Who do we want to leave and if we get Mahrez? and Who would Mahrez replace should we sign him?

    In my opinion, Mahrez would strengthen the Arsenal squad. Therefore, all things being equal i.e. cost of the transfer etc Wenger should go in for Mahrez.

    The “dead wood” in the club really should have been identified and regardless of who is coming in should be shipped out.

    Finally who would Mahrez replace should he join Arsenal depends on the system we are using. It is never as straightforward as one for the other.

  6. John Ibrahim says:

    In fifa 17, you can any player in any position and still win games

  7. Yossarian says:

    Mahrez would definitely be a welcome addition to the squad, and give us more quality and depth in that department. Probably not a priority though.

    We could get through next season OK without more wide-forwards & wingers (If we keep Alexis & don’t get more injuries than usual), but without a better centre-forward? Probably not.

  8. Ayodele says:

    We need to make sure ozil stay if Sanchez want to leave let him go. Lacazette, Isco and Mahrez
    we be okay. I could remember very well when Sanchez was roasting on the branch at Barcelona.

    Ozil is the key player we have right now. santi as well is working very hard to fit in back.

    if xhaka can pick more inform than before it will help as well in the midfield

    If ozil see a good finisher like Lacazette more goals will come.



    1. darlo says:

      All of you saying Walcott should be sold
      You are been unfair in your statement.
      Check how many goals he has scored when he played.
      He is going no where.

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