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Turan has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Arda Turan's agent rules out Arsenal move

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Arsenal's summer transfer window - much like previous years - can be summed up using one word: frustrating.

Three new signings have arrived at the Emirates Stadium so far but only Granit Xhaka represents the calibre of player that Arsene Wenger needs to launch a title bid next season.

A new striker is what fans crave most - and understandably so - yet the club's advances keep getting knocked back.

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Alexandre Lacazette, Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata and Mauro Icardi have all been linked with moves in recent weeks but all look likely to stay at their respective clubs.

Put simply, Arsenal are running out of options.

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Even their pursuit of Barcelona's Arda Turan has taken a hit, with the Turkey international's agent recently quashing speculation that his client could join the Gunners.

According to Goal, he said: "No, I haven't heard anything from Arsenal. Arda will be staying at Barcelona."

Blunt, but decisive.

How Wenger could do with someone of Turan's ability at his disposal.

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The right flank has become something of a problem position at Arsenal, with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell all trying - and failing - to make the role their own in recent seasons.

Fans often point towards Olivier Giroud as the weak point of their side's attack yet the dearth of quality on the right is arguably Wenger's biggest issue.

But with Turan now seemingly out of the question, the Frenchman must turn his attention elsewhere.

World-class right midfielders are by and large hard to come by, but one player who would fit right into Arsenal's set up is Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger, who won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award last season, has reportedly told Leicester's hierarchy that he wants out after N'Golo Kante completed a move to Chelsea.

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A £45 million asking price is the hurdle that Arsenal face in signing Mahrez, let alone the sheer amount of interest there is across Europe, but signing him would see the quality in their attacking ranks bolstered considerably.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan has urged his 25-year-old teammate to stay, but the lure of Champions League football at one of football's biggest clubs could prove too strong.

He said: "It's very important to stick together. The majority of us have been together quite a long time.

"We've got a real core base, a real understanding and a real family feel about the club and we want to keep that and build on it."

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