Arsenal have suffered yet more frustration on the transfer front after top target Riyad Mahrez penned a new deal with Leicester City.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a swoop for Mahrez, but the winger has drawn a line under speculation over his future by committing long-term to the club on a deal which reports claim has no buy-out clause.
Mahrez earlier told France Football there were “two or three clubs” who could make him consider leaving the King Power Stadium, but they have not come forward and Mahrez will stay put.
News of his new deal means Leicester have managed to keep hold of last season’s PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Award winner Jamie Vardy, who also turned his back on a move to the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger was also said to be in the hunt for N’Golo Kante, who did leave the Premier League champions, but opted to sign for rivals Chelsea instead.
The news comes as another blow to Wenger, who is already feeling the pressure as he struggles to strengthen his squad, while the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool has not helped matters.