A player who was targeted by Arsenal during the summer transfer window has opened up about how the Gunners showed interest in him.

Following the departure of midfield trio Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, Arsene Wenger was keen on adding one more creative player to his options.

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez was identified as the man Arsenal were pursuing even though a move for his teammate Jamie Vardy had already failed to happen.

According to the 25-year-old, who also went on to sign a new contract with the Premier League champions, there was indeed an offer from the Gunners despite Wenger’s refusal to reveal any details.

“There was contact with Arsenal,” Mahrez told Canal Football Club.

“But Leicester wanted to keep me and I was pretty expensive.

“I did not want to create a conflict when the offer came in.”

The Algerian, who was named PFA Player of the Year last season, is yet to redeem his impressive form from the 2015/16 season after scoring one goal in seven league games.

“Personally, I think it is a good thing I stayed put,” Mahrez added.

“It’s now up to me to prove myself again.”

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