Emmanuel Petit urges Arsenal to make a late swoop for Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez clutches the ball during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion on August 19, 2017
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Emmanuel Petit tells Arsenal that they need Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in their squad.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has called on the club to make a late move for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian international made it clear at the end of last season that he wants to leave the Foxes, but so far the club have not accepted any bids.

Roma were thought to be the frontrunners for Mahrez's signature, but the Italian outfit withdrew their interest earlier this month after having a £30m bid turned down.

Petit believes that the winger, who scored 17 goals and produced 11 assists in Leicester's Premier League-winning season, fits the bill at Arsenal.

"He knows the Premier League by heart, and has an incredible impact in it, "Petit told SFR Sport. "He's the kind of player sorely lacking for Arsenal down the right.

"I say stop focusing on the problems at the back. I'm among those who think the further away the ball is from your goal, the less chance you have of conceding a goal. And the more players you have who are capable of holding on to the ball. How many players are there in world football of that profile?

"If I were a coach I'd love to have dribblers in my team - quick, technically good, capable of saying [to a defender], "I'm going to humiliate you with two feints, two step-overs'."

Arsenal have signed Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette so far this summer.

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