22 photos: Arsenal training pictures; star trio in action

Mahrez was a crucial player in Leicester City’s title run in 2015/16

Mahrez was a crucial player in Leicester City’s title run in 2015/16

The Welshman has made 14 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring three goals and playing a part in six more, including the assist for Alexandre Lacazette's strike in the 3-1 loss to Manchester United last time out.

The Gunners boss claimed the striker would miss last Saturday's Emirates Stadium encounter, something Mourinho has since suggested were only mind games after the France worldwide was named in the starting XI.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Jones and Fellaini a chance.

"The truth is Eric Bailly no chance for the weekend", he said.

"It's the truth. No stories of Lacazette, David Silva".

The Spanish media outlet report that Jose Mourinho, who is an admirer of the German playmaker, will not wait for the summer for Ozil's contract to expire and will instead make a cash offer in January, to test Arsene Wenger's resolve rather than lose the star player for nothing. Leave him at home? That's what I was told.

This will not make good reading for Arsenal fans, as it sends out the message that Wenger can not motivate his star players anymore and therefore has tried to boost their performance levels by running down their contracts.

Ok, so it's hardly the most extreme argument these two old adversaries have ever had, but still, it is at least a bit of action in terms of managerial mind games.

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho, who knows all about the World Cup victor having coached him at Real, holds keen interest.

We're hoping this is just the start, and as the season goes on, and the pressure builds there will be loads of fireworks between these highly talented coaches.

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