Three things Riyad Mahrez would bring to Arsenal
Three reasons why Arsenal should sign Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez this summer
Unlike most of the Arsenal squad, Riyad Mahrez has won the Premier League title. While the Algeria international has some way to go before matching Petr Cech’s four top-flight crowns, Mahrez was pivotal in helping Leicester City spring a huge surprise and win the Premier League last season. His return of 17 goals and 11 assists earned him the PFA player of the year award. With Arsenal often accused of lacking character and title-winning experience, Mahrez would certainly offer some valuable experience.
Goals from midfield
Only Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez hit double figures for Arsenal in the Premier League last season. With Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere sidelined for most of the season with injury and Aaron Ramsey struggling with form, Wenger was lacking firepower from midfield. Mahrez netted 17 times in Leicester’s Premier League-winning campaign – only Jamie Vardy scored more goals for the Foxes.
An option on the right
Mahrez played on the wide right for Claudio Ranieri last season with great success. The African playmaker would complement Alexis Sanchez and offer creativity either side of Wenger’s main striker. The Arsenal manager has experimented with Joel Campbell, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott in such a role over the past year or so but all have had mixed success. Mahrez would offer greater balance.