Mahrez is a top target for Arsenal.

Lauren: Arsenal shouldn't sign Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez

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Rumours linking Riyad Mahrez with a £45 million move to Arsenal have somewhat quietened in recent weeks, but a potential deal remains in the offing.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly keen to bolster is attacking options and has earmarked last season's PFA Players' Player of the Year as a top target.

Seventeen goals and 11 assists in the Premier League last term for Leicester City says it all about Mahrez's credentials and suggest he holds the key to Arsenal's search for domestic glory.


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Quite how Wenger plans to lure him from Claudio Ranieri's firm grasp remains to be seen but, according to various reports, he is interested in a move.

But for one Arsenal 'Invincible', Mahrez isn't needed at the Emirates Stadium - and that man is former right-back Lauren.

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In an interview with the Evening Standard, he said: "Mahrez is not needed at Arsenal.

"He is a very good player, but how many similar players in terms of technically proficient, creative midfielders and wide men do Arsenal have already?

"They have Mesut Ozil, they have Jack Wilshere, they have Aaron Ramsey, they have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they have Theo Walcott - Arsenal don’t need Mahrez.

"Arsenal have always had dynamic players - but they need to change that style a little bit, maybe be a little more direct, with more aggressiveness, and determination - which means players with a different style than Mahrez can offer."


Interesting. It's hard to take Lauren's claim seriously considering his justification is that Arsenal already have Theo Walcott - a hate figure amongst fans - and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is yet to reach his potential.

The 39-year-old continued to explain how Olivier Giroud's presence would hinder Mahrez's influence.

"Don’t get me wrong," he added, "I respect Olivier Giroud and he has an important part to play next season through the goals he does score.

"But you need people with 'charisma'. It's more than about scoring goals, you need a striker with the X-factor... with charisma. And despite being a fantastic player Giroud doesn’t have that."


The solution will be simple where Arsenal fans are concerned: sell Giroud.

The much-maligned Frenchman has been a fine servant since signing in 2012 but failed to establish himself as a striker capable of inspiring Premier League glory.

As a result, countryman Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with a move to not only provide competition but perhaps succeed him as Arsenal's first-choice front man.

Fast, skilful and clinical in front of goal, the 25-year-old would thrive from the service Ozil, Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez can provide.

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