Wenger confirms 3rd signing on the way

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal were “never close” to doing a deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, but has hinted at further movement.

While other sides have overseen significant squad overhauls this summer, the Gunners have only brought in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette – although the latter did cost €60m.

Mahrez was reported to be among those under consideration, with the Algeria international pushing for a move away from the King Power Stadium.

Wenger, though, says that the 26-year-old has never figured in his recruitment plans as he already has several players on his books of a similar mould.

He said: “We were never close.

“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.”

While ruling out Mahrez, the Frenchman has conceded that there could be comings and goings at Emirates Stadium before the transfer deadline passes on August 31.

He added: “We are still open.

“But of course at the moment I have currently 33 players and it is very difficult to manage on a daily basis such a high number.”

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