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Thomas Lemar & Riyad Mahrez – What the ‘experts’ have said about the Arsenal transfer targets

Arsene Wenger on Thomas Lemar

“He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.

“That’s all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing

“I am open to get some more signings, but it is not easy to find the players who can strengthen our squad, because we have top-quality players.

“There are two ways to improve always: analyse what we did well last season and what we did not so well and improve that, and then you can bring new players in.”

Robert Pires – former Arsenal star

“I love Lemar as a player.

“For me, Thomas Lemar is one of the best French players there is. He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can score goals and he can make assists.

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“Lemar is the kind of player who can make a difference. He has the right profile to play for Arsenal, definitely. I hope for him and for Arsenal that it happens.”

Riyad Mahrez

Arsene Wenger – Arsenal manager

“We have not made a bid, but personally, I like the player, yes. I think he made a huge impact when they won the championship.

“Like everybody else at Leicester, this season has been more challenging, but it doesn’t take away from his qualities.

“Have we made a bid for him? No. Not yet. No, we have not.

“When I say, ‘not yet’, it means it could happen. It might not happen.”

Craig Shakespeare – Leicester manager

“We’d have to consider it (selling him). But we don’t know the value and we don’t know the bid so until a bid comes in again it’s not worth thinking about.

“He is in a good frame of mind. He is our player and until that changes, he has trained really well and there was no consideration to leave him out.

“Can it be disappointing when a player comes out publicly? Yes.

“I think we have to look what is behind that as well, in terms of advice. We have to understand Riyad’s concerns but while he is contracted to the football club, and while we’ve had no bids for him, which we haven’t, he has to be professional and we have to be professional.

“He has to be fully committed here and I expect him to do that.”

Thierry Henry on Mahrez

“I wouldn’t mind seeing him at Arsenal.

“If he goes to Arsenal, is he going to play every single weekend? I don’t know about that. It’s vital for [Leicester] to keep him.”

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