Pundit suggests Arsenal sign this player to replace Mesut Ozil

Stewart Robson wants Arsenal to sign Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez to replace Mesut Ozil

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil Photo: Mesut Ozil/Instagram

Riyad Mahrez would be a ready-made replacement for Mesut Ozil if Arsenal’s record signing leaves the north London club this summer, according to Stewart Robson.

Arsenal still haven’t agreed a contract extension with the World Cup winner despite Ozil winning a third FA Cup in four seasons.

The latest reports suggest that Ozil wants £170,000 a week to commit his future to the north London side beyond the summer.

Mahrez, meanwhile, handed in a transfer request at 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City last week to prompt talk of a potential move to Arsenal.

The Algeria international scored 17 times and made 11 assists in their title-winning campaign to help Claudio Ranieri’s side win the Premier League against the odds.

Speaking to ESPN FC about speculation linking Mahrez with a move to Arsenal this summer, former Gunners star Robson said:

“Depends on whether Sanchez and Ozil stay,” Robson said.

“If they go, they’ll need to replace those players. Mahrez would fit that Ozil role.

“He’d do a job from the right side and he’d score more goals than Ozil. He’s a great passer of the ball.”

Ozil moved to Arsenal in a club-record £42.5m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2013.

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