Arsenal fans excited by reports of huge Riyad Mahrez deal

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Arsenal fans are currently getting very excited about a certain transfer report from the French version of Eurosport.

The report claims that Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, who won the PFA Player of the Year award last season, has told Arsene Wenger he wants to join him at the Emirates.

All that is left to complete the deal is an agreement between the two Premier League clubs. The same report states Leicester won't stand in Mahrez's way if Arsenal pay £41million.

That would be enough to make the Algerian Arsenal's second most expensive signing of all time, falling just short of the £42.4m record set by Mesut Ozil.

However, should Arsenal fans really be getting excited about this report? We take a closer look to try and figure out whether they should trust it.

The journalist

For a start, the journalist, Ilyes Ramdani, has no previous reputation for breaking big transfer news. On Twitter, he has next to no influence with just 1,532 followers and there is no sign of that all important blue tick.

So there is little reason to believe that Ramdani has the inside scoop over the juggernauts of journalism at L'Equipe, The Telegraph or even the Evening Standard.

Similarly, Eurosport FR usually earns its living by reporting on other transfer news so it seems strange that they have decided now as their moment to release exclusives.

The meeting

There were reports that Mahrez's agent was present at Arsenal's friendly match against Lens on Friday evening, leaving it open to the suggestion that there could have quite easily been discussions.

But do Arsenal need a right-winger? Arguably the Gunners could use a player of Mahrez's quality regardless of his position but his arrival would almost certainly spell the end for Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Considering the latter's goal against Lens, we can safely assume it would be the former who would take the hit.

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