How Arsenal will shape up next season with the signing of Riyad MahrezPublished July 26, 2016
According to several sources in the British press over the weekend, Arsenal have stepped up their interest in signing Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, with the North London side reportedly looking to offer in excess of over £40m to sign last season’s PFA Player of the Year.
The Gunners have already tried and failed to prize one of Leicester’s most coveted assets away from the King Power, with Jamie Vardy rejecting a move to the Emirates after opting to sign a new contract with the champions.
But it is believed that Riyad Mahrez is looking to follow in the footsteps of departed midfielder N’Golo Kante, in leaving the club, with the 25-year-old setting his sights on a move to North London.
In the event that Mahrez, does in fact complete a move to Arsenal, we at Free Bets, analyse how Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may opt to use the Algerian in his side next season.
Alongside Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez
Arsene Wenger may decide to use the 25-year-old as part of a formidable attacking trio in-behind the centre forward. To have Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Riyad Mahrez playing together will certainly be mouth-watering for Arsenal supporters, though Gunners fans will hope that their side will sign an accomplished striker too, to finish off the chances that these three will create.
Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Riyad Mahrez, would surely be the most exciting attacking trio in the Premier League next season.
As a false nine
With Arsenal, so far, trying and failing to sign a big name striker this summer, Arsene Wenger may look to the signing of Mahrez in a bid to alter his tactics ahead of the new season.
The Algerian proved during the last campaign that he has a real eye for a goal, and perhaps Wenger may decide to use Mahrez in a false nine position, with the likes of Ozil, Sanchez, and Ramsey supporting the 25-year-old in attacking areas.
From the bench
With a plethora of attacking options at his disposal, Wenger may look to deploy Mahrez from the bench.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are guaranteed starters at the club, and with Aaron Ramsey, Joel Campbell, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and many more names to choose from, Arsene Wenger may look to use the Algerian as an impact sub next season.
Whilst bringing Riyad Mahrez off the bench would be fantastic weapon for the Gunners to be able to call upon, the player himself would not want to join the club as a bit part player.
As part of a front two
If there was one thing Arsene Wenger would have learnt about striker Olivier Giroud during Euro 2016, it is that the Frenchman works better as a target man, rather than a lone striker.
Giroud formed a formidable partnership with Golden Boot winner Antoine Griezmann during France’s march to the final, and it is clear that the Arsenal striker could prove to be a real asset to the Gunners if used correctly.
A front two of Giroud and Mahrez could prove to work effectively, and perhaps Arsene Wenger may change a habit of a lifetime, and look to make changes from his preferred tactical style of play.