There are two full months of football for us to enjoy, or suffer defending on how things go, before the winter transfer windo0w opens up, but Arsenal fans will be hoping that Arsene Wenger is already working on which players to sign in January, especially after the club made a profit this summer when all of thought it was going to be a splash the cash sort of affair.
The Gunners did break the record for spending on a single player though, bringing in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, and if the Arsenal transfer rumours had it right then Wenger was ready to spend even more to sign his France international teammate Thomas Lemar from Monaco.
The only reason Arsenal did not add Lemar to our squad, according to reports, was that Monaco said no. There were some stories in the football media suggesting that it was the young winger’s decision not to come to Arsenal, but that seemed to be just more anti-Arsenal spin and has this week been declared false by the Monaco vice-president, Metro reports.
Vadim Vasilyev said, ‘He wanted to go to the Premier League and I had a few discussions with him and I said ‘stay, stay, stay’ but, of course, when the offers were very, very high, higher than we initially expected then we had to talk, to discuss. But in the end we were very happy.’
So maybe the reason Arsenal did not spend the money in summer when the Lemar deal fee through was so Wenger could go again in January, knowing that the player was keen to sign for us. Does that mean this huge transfer deal is back on for January?