Transfer Focus: Riyad Mahrez keen on a move to Arsenal this summer

According to reports in his native Algeria, Riyad Mahrez would favour a move to Arsenal this summer.

What’s the Word?

Lebuteur in Algeria have claimed that Riyad Mahrez is keen to move to Arsenal this summer for a number of varying factors.

Firstly, a source close to the 26-year-old believes that he is keen to play under Arsene Wenger and is also favouring Arsenal because of the strong French-speaking playing contingent. Mahrez also allegedly believes that he will stand more of a chance of first-team football at Arsenal compared to other Premier League clubs who are reportedly interested in the Algerian’s signature.

Earlier this summer, in an exclusive interview with Lebuteur, Mahrez, who is valued at £25.5million by Transfermarkt, confirmed that he intended to leave Leicester this summer. However, he also stated that it was his desire to play Champions League football, something that Arsenal cannot offer him this season.

How good was Mahrez last season?

While the Algerian was not as prolific as he was in Leicester’s unprecedented title-winning season in 2015/16, he still enjoyed a fruitful campaign with the East Midlands club.

Mahrez featured in 48 games in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and helping the Foxes reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Would Mahrez be a good fit for Arsenal?

The answer to this question will likely depend on which players Arsenal allow to depart the club this summer. With Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil yet to sign new contracts with the club and a number of other players supposedly wanting away from the Emirates, Mahrez could well get his wish and become a Gunner.