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Arsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal were never close to signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester.
The 2016 PFA Player of the Year is set to start at the Emirates tonight in the Premier League’s opening game of the season.
And while the Gunners have carried an interest in him, Mahrez is not on the verge of joining.
He has indicated his desire to leave Leicester with Roma in pursuit, but Wenger has now all but ruled out the Arsenal link.
“We were never close,” Wenger said.
“I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back. Mesut Ozil… we have plenty of the same type of players.”