Arsenal seem to be heading downhill, with star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil’s contract set to expire at the end of the campaign. As a solution, boss Arséne Wenger has identified Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez as a potential replacement for one of the pair.
However, they will have to fend of tight competition from bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are also keen on signing the Leicester talisman.
The Gunners have previously registered immense interest in the Algerian, right after his side’s incredible title winning campaign. Mahrez had flourished into a fan-favourite at the King Power Stadium under Claudio Ranieri, who successfully managed to exploit the player’s talents.
Since then, the talented winger has attracted a lot of interest from elite clubs across Europe. Recently, the Algerian international was linked closely with a move to Barcelona, AS Roma and Arsenal. Though his future was covered by thick clouds of speculation, a switch failed to materialise, and Mahrez ultimately remained at Leicester.
However, if reports from Mirror are to be believed, Wenger has reignited his interest in the skillful midfielder following the antics of contract rebels Sanchez and Ozil. The French manager is desperate to scout a suitable replacement, and sees the Le Havre graduate as a potential candidate.
Unfortunately, their rivals Tottenham have somewhat similar plans, as they are reportedly keen on securing the Leicester fan-favourite’s services. Mauricio Pochettino is aiming to buff up his squad in order to raise his side’s title challenge up by a notch, and believes Mahrez is the answer to that.
Further, Craig Shakespeare is said to be looking to bring in reinforcements during the winter transfer window in order to cement their position in the Premier League. Consequently, Mahrez could be shown the exit door, which is the perfect opportunity the North Londoners have been hoping for.
The 26-year-old has been a vital cog in the Foxes’ attack so far, but has shown signs of wanting a departure. And maybe, he might fancy a move to London, though to which side is still unclear.
Written by Ashish Sreejith
Have had two addictions in life- playing football and watching football. Usually described as introverted but not when it comes to speaking and writing about the beautiful game of football.