Now that Arsenal have finally arrived in Australia to begin their preparations for the new season, the media have had their first chance to quiz Arsene Wenger on the big Arsenal transfer rumours doing the rounds at the moment. Of course the biggest one is the reputed 100m GBP rated Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, and Wenger admits that the player himself has the luxury of choosing between an array of Europe’s biggest clubs and everyone is just waiting for his decision.
Wenger said: “He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can chose where he wants to go,” said Wenger.
“There are not many players with that kind of luck because he’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has a red carpet open for him.
“Nobody can say he is not interested in a player of that calibre, all the clubs are interested in him.”
The other big rumour is Mbappe’s team-mate Thomas Lemar, who is probably even more of interest to Arsenal fans since we managed to secure Alexandre Lacazette, but although Wenger admitted Arsenal’s interest, he said that an agreement was far from certain at the moment. Wenger said: “That’s all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing.
“He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.”
I am fairly sure that Wenger would want Lemar above all others at the moment, and he admitted that there could be more arrivals, but right now he needs to concentrate on getting his current players in tip top condition so as not to make the mistakes of last season. “I am open to get some more signings, but it is not easy to find the players who can strengthen our squad, because we have top-quality players.
“There are two ways to improve always: analyse what we did well last season and what we did not so well and improve that, and then you can bring new players in. But at the moment, because we are in pre-season, it is very important for us to analyse well what happened last season and where we can improve. We have top quality in our squad, and at the moment I focus on that.”
We have to admit that we certainly do have top quality players right now, and I honestly think that with Alexis staying we will definitely be contenders for the title. But I have one question; How come nobody mentioned Riyad Mahrez, who is sitting at home waiting for a call from Arsene?