Some Arsenal fans have reacted to comments made by Riyad Mahrez that he almost joined Arsenal a few years ago.
The Algerian winger has given an interview with France Football in which he discusses the Gunners’ transfer interest after the Foxes had won the Premier League in 2016.
He claims his agent spoke to Arsene Wenger and that a deal was in place, before Leicester blocked the move.
It seems Mahrez was disappointed to be denied a move to a bigger club, with the player saying he ‘lost two years at the very highest level’.
Mahrez would likely have been a regular starter in the Arsenal team such was his fantastic form in 2015/16.
In the end though, a move did not materialise and the Gunners instead brought in Lucas Perez, who really struggled at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard struggled for game time and consistency, and was loaned back to Deportivo La Coruna the following summer.
Arsenal fans react
Several Arsenal fans were dismayed to learn just how close Mahrez was to joining their club, and reacted on social media.
— Rheda (@TrafalgarLooooo) 11 November 2019
Thank god he didn’t join emery would have benched him
— 🦅 (@imrn23) 11 November 2019
I’m sure he doesn’t regret it now.
— Chief Daddy Dennis (@UncleDennis101) 11 November 2019
Another nearly signed player.
— #BothOzil&EmeryOut (@viera_patrixk) 11 November 2019
Mahrez, Ozil, Sanchez would have bee nice to see
— Pending Billionaire (@PiksOfficial97) 11 November 2019
IMAGINE😭 ALEXIS ÖZIL MAHREZ AND THEN LACAAAA
— JN (@AFCJordyn) 11 November 2019
we really could’ve had mahrez at the carpet man 😔 https://t.co/ftz6LLvYfM
— T (@afcTB) 11 November 2019
Mahrez: “My agent had spoken to Wenger who really wanted me. It was nearly all done with Arsenal in 2016.”
Add his name to the long list…#AFC
— Abdullah Mulla (@AbzMulla6) 11 November 2019
What I would have done to see Mahrez in red and white man…. One of the most technically gifted players in the Prem, criminally underrated. Still has one big move left in him and should leave City for the good of his career https://t.co/QlF6F3j0ML
— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) 11 November 2019