Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has said he is in constant contact with one Arsenal player to wind him up after Pep Guardiola’s side were crowned Premier League champions on the weekend.
Manchester City have now won three Premier League titles in a row, following Arsenal’s defeat at the City Ground on Saturday.
The Gunners lead the way in the Premier League for the majority of the season, however they came up short towards the end with only two wins in their last eight games which handed Manchester City the title once again.
Arsenal signed two players from their title rivals at the beginning of the season, in Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Both players have been a vital part of the outstanding season Mikel Arteta’s side have had throughout 2022/23.
Riyad Mahrez has said he’s been constantly phoning and texting former Manchester City player, Oleksandr Zinchenko regarding the title race this season. The Ukrainian has been one of Arsenal’s most important players this season since joining from City in the summer.
The Algerian winger has revealed that he is ‘killing’ Zinchenko at the moment with messages and phone calls after Manchester City pipped Arsenal to the Premier League title.
While Arsenal have been excellent all season, they have come up well short in the end. City have shown their class and dominated the last few months.
For Mahrez, it’s made it all the more sweeter when it comes to his friendship with Zinchenko: “I’m killing him. Always on the phone to him. He’s my friend yeah. We always joke about things but he’s a bit sad at the moment. So yeah, I’ll wait until we lift the trophy and then I’ll text him.”
Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus raised the bar at Arsenal this season and helped the club produce an unexpected title charge. Next season they must raise the level again, if they want to go one step further and beat Manchester City to the title.
Although Zinchenko is likely to be proud of his first season in an Arsenal shirt, there’s no doubt there will be a feeling of hurt & disappointment after the position the Gunners were in – not helped by Riyad Mahrez reminding him of how they lost the title to his former club.
Arsenal are set to have one of the biggest transfer windows in the club’s history in order to come back even stronger next season.