Wednesday 27 July 2016

Arsenal Finally Set To Sign Riyad Mahrez, As Chelsea Fail With Last-Minute Move

If a report by Gazzetta World is anything to go by, then it is only a matter of when and not if Arsenal will be signing Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez in a deal said to be in the region of £41 million.

Reports emerged last weekend that Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Mahrez and are trying to reach an agreement with Leicester City for the PFA Player of the Year for the 2015/2016 season. The Algerian, who has also been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid is said to have rejected a new contract offer from Leicester City.

And with Arsenal in need of more attacking reinforcements, Arsene Wenger is said to be ready to take advantage of the midfielder's contractual situation to sign him. The agent of the player was said to have met with Wenger in Lens during Arsenal's first pre-season game of the new season where Wenger and the player's agent reportedly met to discuss the prospect of Mahrez moving to Arsenal before the end of the transfer window.

Arsenal have, so far, only signed Granit Xhaka and Takuma Assano and, with Danny Welbeck out until March coupled with the fact that Walcott has flattered to deceive in the last ten years, it is understandable why Wenger may be interested in signing Mahrez. Walcott scored 6 league goals last season, Mahrez scored 17. That's a huge difference, right?

According to Gazzetta World, Chelsea have in the last minute joined the race for the signature of the North African, but Arsenal are the most likely club to win the race for his signature. Arsenal, according to the Italian media outlet, will complete the deal in a matter of days, although they claim there is no agreement between Arsenal and Leicester City just yet.

This news, if true, will be massive for Arsenal. Mahrez will certainly improve the current Arsenal team and his versatility means Wenger can rotate as much as he wants. More importantly, as he can play in the Ozil role, Wenger can afford to rest the Germany international playmaker.

Last season, whenever Ozil wasn't playing, we struggled and, by signing Mahrez, we will no longer be overly reliant on the German and it will make us less predictable as well.

Also, it will be refreshing to finally see Arsenal beat one of football's money bags to the signing of a player. This hasn't happened for a long time.


  1. Why do you taunt & torture Arsenal fans with this?

    Arsenal have already courted Jamie Vardy and we all know how that turned out (badly, very badly!).

    If that wasn't painful enough, you are now running a story that has no foundation.

    Mahrez to Arsenal isn't happening! His agent said it isn't happening, his manager has said it isn't happening ... only web-blogs are daft enough to believe that it is happening & keep spinning the story

  2. I feel like swearing at the writer of this sh*****t

  3. This may or may not be true, but it gets old. There's no new information. It makes sense that Arsenal would be interested. Mahrez is a terrific player.

    However, they are stocked out wide with Walcott, Chzmberlain, Campbell, Sanchez, Ramsey, Iwobi, and Gnabry. Mahrez is probably better than most of those players, but he'd be a luxury signing.

    On the other hand, Arsenal had Cazorla at the #10 when they bought Ozil and Santi was brilliant in that role. Arsenal suffered without Ozil because Cazorla was injured for the seaosn. Now, with him fit, they have cover.

    A Mahrez signing would mean Walcott would be moving to center forward, behind Giroud, for the season.

    Monreal, Gabriel, Koscielny, Bellerin
    Xhaka, Wilshire (or Ramsey)
    Sanchez, Ozil, Mahrez


  4. Mahez and a defender business done.

  5. Donkey Giroud will win us nothing

    please get ris asap

  6. Giroud is one of the worst forward I have seen at Arsenal in over 40 years
    A Donkey

  7. Arsenal is perhaps the only club in the world that every one, from opposition to some of its pretentious fans want to be the manager. While Arsene Wenger has always respected the transfer spirit by not announcing any signing until the deal is done, every one else seems to know who he is signing and who he should not sign. If we were to listen to all the crap about his signings, one would imagine we do not have a team. Come on folks, we are one of the top clubs in world.. People like Mourinho insult players, club owners, doctors and jump from club to club, and come buy all ready made materials and we see them as success. Cut out the crap. Let us allow AW do his job as long as he is the manager!