There is persistence and determination and they can be a good thing to have in football or any other walk of life, but too much can turn into stubbornness and that is a quality that some Arsenal fans have levelled at our manager Arsene Wenger for years.
Even being stubborn can be a good thing, though, as we have seen this summer with Wenger’s refusal to sanction the transfer of Alexis Sanchez to a Premier League rival, instead preferring to risk it happening next summer without any transfer fee to soften the blow and only time will tell if he is right to do so this summer.
Another sign of the Frenchman’s stubborn nature is the transfer pursuit of Thomas Lemar from Monaco and it is beginning to get a bit silly in my eyes. According to a report by The Mirror Arsenal are about to go back to the French club for the fourth time this summer, this time with a bid of almost £55 million.
If this is true then I reckon we may be barking up the tree, whether or not Lemar wants to sign for us, because it seems clear that his club do not want to sell. Is there a reason for Wenger to believe that Monaco will finally accept a bid? If not is he spending too much time and focus on this unavailable transfer option while the Premier League season is almost upon us?