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Arsenal the best option for top 26-year-old attacker, claims BBC pundit

Riyad Mahrez should consider a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to Garth Crooks.

The Algeria international’s future has been a source of regular debate over the past 18 months or since since Leicester’s incredible title success.

Mahrez scored 19 goals and made 16 assists in the Premier League to help Claudio Ranieri’s side win the Premier League crown in 2015-16.

The former PFA player of the year winner struggled during Leicester’s title defence last term but has rediscovered some brilliant form this season.

Liverpool FC have been linked with a potential swoop to sign Mahrez as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who moved to Barcelona last term.

Arsenal are another club regularly linked with a potential bid for the 26-year-old, who has netted eight times and seven assists this season.

Former Spurs forward Crooks advised Mahrez to continue a switch to Arsenal in the current transfer window.

“Since the Frenchman arrived at King Power Stadium, the form of Mahrez has been impressive and sparked considerable talk about a possible move to Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“However, with Alexis Sanchez now loading Manchester United’s postcode into his sat-nav, I think the Gunners might be Mahrez’s best option.

“He won’t, of course, be the first player to have played for a move, if that is the real reason for his spike in form, and certainly won’t be the last.

“Whatever the reason, the point is he is a top-class player and should be playing with a top-four team.”

Arsenal signed Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez last Monday.

The Gunners spent a club-record fee on France international Alexandre Lacazette to sign the striker from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The north London side were 4-1 winners against Crystal Palace in their last Premier League game at The Emirates.

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