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Thursday Jan 11, 2018. 19:00
With Riyad Mahrez becoming the subject of speculation in the current transfer window, SkySports' Dennis Wise says the Algerian will not join Arsenal.
New information has surfaced that the Gunners could lure Mahrez to the Emirates Stadium, with reports that Alexis Sanchez is on his way out this month.
Wise and Ian Wright discussed the potential move where Mahrez could move to the Gunners after speculation that he could be sold to Manchester City for around £30 million.
“I don’t think Mahrez would want to go there,” Wise told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“I think there would be other teams that Mahrez would look at and think he is capable of going into.
“Teams that are in a better position than Arsenal.
“If Arsenal are the only team then yeah, but if there are teams above then you would wait and consider the teams in the top five at the moment.”
However, Arsene Wenger would also need to bring in a replacement for the Chilean international and Mahrez has been touted as a potential option.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Wright thinks that the Algerian would fit in well in north London.
However, the prospect of Sanchez and Mesut Ozil walking away from the club could affect their ability to tempt the 26-year-old Mahrez.
“Of course Arsenal are good enough for him but if he went there then he would have to pull up trees,” Wright added.
“What help has he got? He is looking at two unbelievable players that might walk out.”