Next season could well be Arsene Wenger’s last at Arsenal.
The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the next campaign and he could be set for one final attempt to win his first league title since 2004.
The Gunners trail Leicester by 13 points with just five matches remaining this season, making it nigh on impossible for the north London club to taste Premier League glory come May.
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Wenger failed to sign a single senior outfield player during last summer’s transfer window but this year is set to be a lot different.
Experienced trio Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are set to leave the Emirates on a free transfer and reinforcements will be required.
Mahrez is priority
Top on the list, according to The Sun, is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez.
Earlier this year, Wenger admitted that he turned down the chance to sign Mahrez before he was snapped up by Leicester for just £400,000 in January 2014.
Wenger admitted that he feared the Arsenal fans would criticise him for signing another relatively unknown player, rather than splashing the cash on the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Turned down the chance
“We live in a strange society,” Wenger told reporters, per The Sun.
“If I sign a player for £400,000 before he plays people will say, ‘What is that, that is not serious for Arsenal.’
“If you say we signed a player for £40million they will think he is really good,” he added.
But the Algerian is now Wenger’s top priority and is worth a lot more than that, having scored 16 goals and assisted 11 as his Leicester side sit top of the Premier League.
Battle to sign him
But Wenger is likely to have plenty of competition for his signature. Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also reportedly keen to sign the 25-year-old.
Arsenal will need to make sure they qualify for next season’s Champions League if they are to compete with the European giants for players. The club are holding onto that fourth spot with Manchester United just four points behind them.
Walcott to make way
The report also states that it will be Theo Walcott that makes way for the arrival of Mahrez. The 27-year-old has been bitterly disappointing this year as Wenger still attempts to figure out his best position.
The 27-year-old has been at Arsenal for over ten years but is yet to hold a down a regular place with him being used as both a striker and a winger. He has only managed five goals in the league this campaign and Gooners have seemingly lost patience with him.