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Wenger insists Arsenal were never close to Mahrez

The Gunners already have players of the same type says the Frenchman.

Arsenal head coach Arsène Wenger insists that his club was never after Riyad Mahrez. The Algerian has been linked with a number of European clubs this summer as he wants to force a move out of King Power Stadium and Arsenal were touted as a potential destination.

Meanwhile The Gunners have added two players to their ranks this summer – Sead Kolašinac and Alexandre Lacazette.

However, Wenger has now admitted that he was never even close to signing the Leicester City playmaker:

“We were never close.” the Frenchman said when asked about Mahrez, according to Goal.

“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.”

While saying that Mahrez is not on their list of targets, Wenger also hinted that he expects players to both join and leave the club by the end of the month.

“We are still open.

“But of course at the moment I have currently 33 players and it is very difficult to manage on a daily basis such a high number.”