Arsenal legend Ian Wright speaks highly of Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez’s performance for Leicester City against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday impressed Arsenal great Ian Wright.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez in The Sun.

The 24-year-old joined the Foxes from French outfit Le Havre in January 2014 and is one of the most important players in the team.

Mahrez played an important role in Leicester’s promotion-winning campaign of 2013-14, scoring three goals and creating 34 chances in 19 Championship appearances.

The Algeria international has not taken the Premier League by storm by storm this season, but he has done his bit for Leicester.

In 28 league matches this campaign, Mahrez has scored four goals and created 40 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 74% and a shot accuracy of 52%.

Two of those goals came on Saturday, as Nigel Pearson’s side got the better of Southampton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

It was Leicester’s second successive win in the Premier League and saw them enhance their chances of survival in the English top flight.

Former Arsenal striker Wright was impressed with the shift put in by Mahrez and made him his Player of the Weekend for The Sun.

“Mahrez arrived to little publicity when Leicester paid just £400,000 to bring him from Le Havre 18 months ago,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun. “After Saturday’s heroics, that looks as canny a bit of business as Nigel Pearson will ever do.”

The win against Southampton at home on Saturday means that Leicester are now 15th in the Premier League table with 37 points from 36 matches.

The Foxes are only three points above the relegation zone, but their recent form suggests that they should be able to avoid the drop to the Championship.

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