Arsene Wenger was never close to signing Riyad Mahrez

Arsene Wenger was never close to signing Riyad Mahrez
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez

by Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 12:00

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has revealed that the North London club were 'never close' to signing Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, despite reports strongly linking him with a move to the Gunners.

Mahrez, who at the end of last season expressed his desire to leave Leicester City, is set to start for the Foxes as they kick off their 2017-18 English Premier League campaign away to the Gunners tonight.

Arsenal have only signed two players in the current transfer window with Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette arriving at the Emirates.

Wenger, though, insists that Mahrez was never on their transfer list with the Algeria international running out of time if he is to secure a move away from the King Power Stadium.

"We were never close," Wenger said as quoted by

"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."

Mahrez, 26, has attracted strong interest from Serie A club Roma with the Italian outfit eager to fill the void left by Mohamed Salah who joined Liverpool.

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