Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed media claims linking the Gunners with a summer move for Algeria and Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez.
Mahrez who has 16 goals and 11 assits in 33 league appearances for the Foxes has earned rave reviews this season, a form that bookmarkers believe would most likely attract the interests of some of the sports’ super powers when the summer transfer window opens in two months time.
When quizzed about his side’s interest in playmaker, Wenger whose side take on West Brom on Thursday night at a press conference had this to say:
“No, and even if there was I would not speak about that at this stage of the season [out of] respect to Leicester.” The Arsenal boss stated.
Mahrez moved to English Football League Championship club Leicester City on 11 January 2014, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract. He made his debut on 25 January 2014, coming on in the 79th minute as a substitute replacing fellow winger Lloyd Dyer, in the 2–0 win against Middlesbrough.
The Algerian who made his Premier League debut on 16 August 2014, scoring his first goal in the division on 4 October 2014 in a 2–2 draw with Burnley was part of the Leicester team that won seven of its final nine matches of the season to avoid relegation to the Football League. He scored both goals in a 2–0 defeat of Southampton on 9 May and ended the season with four goals and three assists from 30 appearances.