Arsenal ‘were never close’ over Mahrez move

Date published: Friday 11th August 2017 7:58

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal won’t be moving again for Riyad Mahrez because they already have plenty of similar players.

Leicester star Mahrez has been linked with the Gunners for over a year, with Wenger keen on the Algerian last summer before he penned a new contract to stay at the King Power Stadium.

But Mahrez is looking for a move now after claiming he was told by the Foxes when signing his new deal that the club would not stand in his way should a satisfactory offer arrive after one more season.

Roma are said to be keen, but Wenger claims the Gunners have never been in the race.

“We were never close,” Wenger said when asked about Arsenal moving for Mahrez.

“I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back. Mesut Ozil … we have plenty of the same type of players.”

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