Respected journalist David Ornstein has claimed that Thomas Lemar was keen on a switch to Arsenal, but the club took too long to agree a deal with Monaco. The France international was lined up as the man to improve our attacking options this summer, having already brought Alexandre Lacazette to the club from Lyon.
It has been some time since I was at school, Arsenal fans, but I was pretty good at maths and I am sure my memory has not failed me to the point where I cannot do a simple sum like adding and subtracting, but maybe it has because the numbers concerning the amount of money available to Arsene Wenger to fund the transfer deals he wanted this summer just does not add up.
All the rumours are saying that although Man City failed with a reported bid worth up to £60m for Arsenal’s Alexis on the last day of the transfer window, they have every intention of trying to persuade Wenger to sell in January instead.
Arsene Wenger has called for a close of the January transfer window, with fears over players performances in the run-up to Christmas.
The Frenchman endured a tough summer window, with a number of players pushing for the exit door, and he now fears his players will have their heads turned in the run-up to the winter window.
Last season, there was much made of the rumours that Barcelona wanted to re-sign the Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, especially as his whole family moved out of his London home en masse to return to Cataluña last winter. As the youngster had recently signed a very long term contract just months before, Arsene Wenger readily dismissed the rumours as just paper speculation.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has claimed that the club showed ambition by keeping Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The pair are into the final 12 months of their contracts, and look likely to run those deals down and leave by start of the 2018-19 season, but Gazidis is claiming that the club have shown ambition by keeping the pair.
Arsene Wenger is definitely taking the brunt from Arsenal fans after only bringing in two players during the transfer window, especially as the two losses we have already suffered in the League made it quite obvious that we had a massive problem in midfield. But the fact is that Wenger can only spend what Stan Kroenke gives him for a budget, and according to David Ornstein, the Silent One is extremely keen to challenge the big-spending sides for the Premiership title, but wants Wenger to chieve it on a shoestring (comparatively!).
Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev has claimed that Thomas Lemar did want to leave the club for Arsenal or Liverpool, before he convinced him to stay.
Les Rouges et Blancs went on a selling spree this summer, after a thoroughly impressive season in which they dominated the French division, as well as reaching the semi-final of the Champions League competition.