Thomas Lemar backed to join Arsenal
Punters think the Gunners will move again for the Monaco winger if they sell their wantaway star player to Man City.
Despite Arsene Wenger admitting just days ago a deal for Thomas Lemar was dead, 61% of bets in the last 2 hours have been on the Frenchman moving to the Emirates. After being linked heavily with Liverpool and Barcelona the last few days, Lemar is now as short as 9/4 (best price 12/1) to make the move to the Emirates, after being available at 33/1 just last night.
This big move in the market is linked to Arsenal’s possible sale of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is now an odds-on shot to join up with old manager Pep Guardiola at best odds of 1/2, and punters clearly believe that if the Gunners do receive a big enough bid from City – and accept – they will reinvest the money immediately on long-term target Lemar. The in-demand Monaco winger has been as short as 1/5 to make the move already this summer.
Another player that has long been linked with Arsenal and could be lined up as a replacement for Sanchez is Julian Draxler. The young German will now find his game time limited after the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have added to a forward line that already included the likes of Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Lucas Moura. Draxler is 2/1 to sign for the Gunners before the deadline.
Oddchecker spokesman, George Elek: “Is this good news or bad news for Arsenal? It’s hard to say as the arrival of Lemar would surely see Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester City. Having been strongly linked to both Liverpool and Barcelona in recent days, the Gunners are the ones being punted today to land the man that they have been chasing all summer.”