Riyad Mahrez could be a perfect addition for Arsenal

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So far in the 2015/16 Premier League season, it is safe to say we have seen our fair share of surprises. Players considered of inferior quality compared to the better-known superstars have lit up the division and at the end of it all, Leicester City top the league at Christmas.

A bizarre campaign in truth, but one that has cemented the Premier League's status as the most entertaining in the world. Leicester have been something of an enigmatic force this season - tipped for relegation at the offset, they are now displaying levels of passion and quality which have stolen the hearts of the neutral and fairly placed them at the summit of the league.

Big clubs will circle around Leicester stars

Several Leicester players have been simply outstanding this season. Jamie Vardy has lit the league on fire with an endless supply of goals and an outstanding work ethic while in midfield N'Golo Kante has been possibly the most unsung hero of the campaign with his relentless intercepting and robust energy. Big clubs will probably come calling for them both at some point in the near future and rightly so.


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However, the man who really has injected Leicester with some unexpected world class ability has been their Algerian wing wizard, Riyad Mahrez. Most of us have run out of superlatives to describe his incredible, meteoric rise this season.

A player blessed with ridiculous skill, an eye for a defence-splitting pass and clinical finishing from midfield, he will no doubt be attracting the attention of numerous elite Premier League suitors.

Sky Sports have reported his intentions to stay at Leicester in January, which I believe is a good thing.

His current club are enjoying the greatest period arguably, in their history while Mahrez himself is without question in the form of his life so there is no need to risk disrupting this with an unnecessary January move.

However, a move in the summer seems most logical for a player of his undoubted talent and Arsenal could be the destination that would suit his precocious talent best.

Arsenal system perfect for Mahrez

Arsene Wenger's side are a team famed for their nurturing of flair players. The club places a huge emphasis on an attractive, offensive style which, throughout this campaign Mahrez has produced nearly every time he has stepped foot on the pitch.

What would suit the Gunners most is the fact the Leicester star is not your stereotypical winger, he does not hug the touchline waiting to deliver the ball into the box, far from it. He regularly comes inside to cause mayhem in the middle of the park with his array of tricks and impressive passing range but when needed he will position himself wider to make himself a viable option for the team.

This more modern style of wing play would suit Arsenal perfectly. Alexis Sanchez, for example, is a player who encapsulates this style and we just need to look at the success the Chilean has had since his arrival at the Emirates.

Wenger loves a wide player who can cut inside and link up with the midfield and Mahrez is a player who fits that bill. He will still terrorise his opposing full-back - crucial for a wide man but it is the variety in his game which speaks volumes about the calibre of player he is becoming.

Furthermore, the Algerian winger's clever runs in behind will provide yet another target for the precise passing range of Mesut Ozil. Several of Mahrez's goals this season have come from making runs in behind the defence and at Arsenal, this is a skill set most welcome.

His characteristics would suit the well-oiled engine which Wenger has created and he has the ability to produce match winning moments - his goal against Chelsea is a prime example of this.

Whether the Gunners will make a bid is another question entirely, but they do need to bolster their options in wide positions and it would seem logical to enquire about someone who is proving themselves to be a Premier League star week-in-week-out.

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