Arsenal remain in the hunt for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez and will battle with Manchester City for his signature.

Gunners join Mahrez race

Gunners join Mahrez race

The Algerian ace has gone AWOL at the King Power Stadium after the Foxes blocked a potential move to City on deadline day, and it has been suggested he may refuse to play for the club again.

Nothing can happen until the end of the season, but reports have suggested that City have already opened up a line of communication with Leicester regards a summer deal, but they will also face competition from the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger has long admired the midfielder and came close to signing him two years ago but a deal could not be hammered out and Mahrez ended up winning the Premier League title with the Foxes.

Speaking after their 1-1 draw with Swansea, Foxes boss Claude Puel said: 'Today, just after the game, Riyad is not my preoccupation. My preoccupation is about my available players and to keep them in a positive attitude and to continue this good work.

'My only feelings are about my available players and as for Riyad we will see later.'

Liverpool are also reported to be in the hunt for Mahrez, who also has options abroad should he wish to leave the Premier League.