I would be fairly surprised if the former Arsenal and France international star Robert Pires did not have at least an inkling that Arsene Wenger was close to completing the transfer of the 21-year old Frenchman Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco, because he has been singing the praises of the talented young wide player and talking him up as being an ideal addition to the Arsenal squad and so would look a bit silly if there turns out to be nothing in the rumours.
As reported by Sky Sports, Pires says that Lemar with all his ability and versatility would be perfect for Arsenal and he touted him as one of the very best French players around at the minute.
He said, “I love him as a player. For me, Thomas Lemar is one of the best French players there is. He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can score goals and he can make assists.
“Lemar is the kind of player who can make a difference. He has the right profile to play for Arsenal, definitely. I hope for him and for Arsenal that it happens.”
Despite some reports pouring cold water on this potential summer transfer and with Monaco seeming determined to keep their young winger having already apparently rejected three big bids from the Gunners, the rumours persist and Pires being an Arsenal coach and making such comments will do nothing to calm them down.
So does the former Gunner know or at least suspect that Wenger is close to signing Thomas Lemar?