Yet again arsenal lose out on another transfer target as Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez signs a new four-year deal to remain at Leicester. Arsenal had hopped to lure the Algerian winger away from Leicester to consider life and football with Arsenal, however, despite what looked like promising talks, Mahrez is staying put. Mahrez scored seventeen goals last season as well as providing eleven assists, a player that would have featured well in an Arsenal squad, but no matter what Arsenal offered it wasn’t enough to get him to sign the dotted line.
Mahrez is the second Leicester City player to reject an Arsenal offer, the previous rejection came from Jamie Vardy, although for most Arsenal fans that rejection was maybe a good thing as the aging striker had only really performed for one season in his career. But the loss of Mahrez will definitely hurt the Arsenal fans more as he is a class act and would have strengthened the squad. What ever manager Claudio Ranierie is saying to his players it seems to be working as he has lined up a successful string of signings. Wes Morgan, Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmichael, Andy King and now Riyad Mahrez have all put pen to paper and dismissed offers from other clubs.
The manager has even signed a new deal for himself, committing to Leicester for the next four years. It seems the only real loss Leicester have suffered is N’Golo Kante, he has headed to London to join Chelsea. So what is the future for Leicester, yes they seem to have held onto their players for now, but do they really believe they will have another amazing season? Credit where it is due, Leicester produced a magnificent display last season, and were quite rightly crowned champions, but will they have enough in their squad to do it again? The feeling is that their bubble has burst now and that a reality check will come in the shape of a group stage Champions League exit, a mid table Premier league finish and dismissal from both the league and FA Cup. If all this comes true, maybe the players who re-signed may wish they hadn’t.