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"Forget about Ross Barkley" - Arsenal legend urges Gunners to sign "match winner" instead


Arsenal legend Alan Smith has urged his former club to forget about Ross Barkley and make a move for Riyad Mahrez.

The Gunners made a move to sign the Algeria international last summer but their bid was rejected by the Foxes.

They have been again linked with the 26-year-old who made it clear at the end of last season that he will leave the King Power Stadium.

"I'd say [Arsenal should go after] Mahrez more than Barkley," he told talkSPORT.

"I think he's more of a match winner and he's a more mature player.

"I've just come back from Hong Kong watching Liverpool and Leicester in the Asia Trophy, and Mahrez looked sharp.

"Whether he's playing for a move, putting himself in the shop window, I don't know.

"He's definitely a Champions League player, although I know Arsenal aren't in that competition this season!"

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