Wenger: I wouldn't tell you if Arsenal want Mahrez

Wenger: I wouldn't tell you if Arsenal want Mahrez
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Published April 20th, 2016 - 14:33 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Arsene Wenger has reacted to rumours that Arsenal are moving to sign Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, stating that even if the Gunners were interested he would not discuss it with the press.

Wenger's charges have struggled in front of goal this season, with top scorer Olivier Giroud's scoring just 12 in the league, and fans have called for the French boss to sign more firepower.

Reports had linked the north Londoners with a move for one of the standout players in the Premier League this season, who has scored 16 and set up 11 in 33 top flight games, but Wenger was quick to shut down any questions.

"Even if we were interested in Mahrez, I wouldn't talk about it at this stage of the season," the manager told a press conference.

The Frenchman also addressed rumours that Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could leave the Emirates this summer.

Some stories suggested the duo were waiting to see if Arsenal qualified for the Champions League before deciding whether to push for a move away, but Wenger insists they are happy where they are.
"They are talking [with the club] and are keen to stay," he said.

Arsenal's championship hopes are virtually over following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, but Wenger rejected the suggestion that his side would try and make up for a failure to win the league by finishing as close to the top as possible.

"We want to finish as high as we can. It is not about consolation, it is about getting the best out of the team."

Leicester are one of just two remaining contenders for the championship, with Claudio Ranieri's men five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur with four games remaining.

And Wenger admitted that he is enjoying the Foxes' title bid as it is helping to prove that finances are not everything in football.

"It makes everybody happy," he added. "It proves it’s also not just about the money.”

Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League but will move up to third with victory over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday.

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