Arsenal linked with a move for former target who is struggling in Spain

Arsenal is set to make a move for Thomas Lemar as the Frenchman continues to struggle at Atletico Madrid.

Lemar was wanted by the Gunners in the summer of 2017 and they came very close to beating Liverpool to his signature, however, the transfer fell through and he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid last summer.

Since his move to Spain, he has struggled to make any form of impact in the Spanish capital and he may have to leave to recapture his best form.

ESPN claims that Arsenal is monitoring his progress and the Gunners may offer to rescue him from his present misery.

Lemar cost Atletico £63 million when he joined them but having scored just three goals in over 60 appearances, the Spaniards could be willing to do business for about half that price.

Arsenal has also struggled with creativity in midfield this season. Their managers have failed to get the best out of Mesut Ozil while Dani Ceballos got injured before he could make his breakthrough at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta has been credited with helping the likes of Raheem Sterling develop his game, he may be the manager that brings the best out in Lemar.


  1. Well it’s Christmas Eve and I’m just back from my Grandson’s 10th birthday meal with all our family.
    I wish everyone on Just Arsenal, the admins, all the posters, whether we agree or not, and all lurkers who don’t post, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and Prosperous new year. Let’s all pull together and get our team, THE Arsenal back to where they belong.

  2. No thank you, I’d rather we got Isco from Real Madrid instead.

    A midfield of
    Isco, Torreira and Guendouzi/Ceballos seems like a good midfield for Arteta

    1. Isco is going to be 28 years old in April and he has ten league appearances with no goal/ assist so far

      I’d prefer someone much younger and a specialist winger like Vinicius Jr, so we can sell him again if he flops

      1. Kinda contradicting yourself by using stats to base your opinions.
        “It would be shame if the scouts and the decision makers at Arsenal are fooled twice by a player’s stats and popularity, as what they faced with so many flops at the club”

        Isco would make a great addition in midfield, if not him then Aouar from Lyon.

        Plus Vinicius Jr seems a stretch for the wing, why not Rueben Neres from Ajax?

        1. Isco is not suited to the EPL. He runs less than Ozil and defensively that just doesn’t cut it in 2019. You look at his short legs and it’s understandable – for the same distance covered he needs to make at least 20 percent more steps.

          Vinicius is indeed a better option than Lemar who is again lacking in the running department. – also both of these are wingers, Isco is not.

  3. Happy Christmas to all on JA. Let’s all get behind MA. I for one am excited about what can bring.

  4. Have to applaud the scouts and the decision makers at Man City, because they evaluated their transfer target thoroughly before purchasing the player

    Lemar had great attacking stats at AS Monaco in 2017, but Man City chose Bernardo Silva instead. They know Bernardo Silva is faster, more skillful and overall a better winger than Lemar, despite having worse attacking stats and being less popular than his colleague at that time

    Unless Arsenal want to use Lemar primarily as a CM, I’d prefer them to look for another option. It would be shame if the scouts and the decision makers at Arsenal are fooled twice by a player’s stats and popularity, as what they faced with so many flops at the club

    1. Good Ebening.
      Arzenal do not neat to buy any von.
      I got dis squard to de EL final and missed top 4 in de league by 1 point.
      You no gif Mikel him any more player
      If Arteta so good he get also top 4 with de same squad.
      Melly Klismiss to you orl.

  5. I think MA will start to make his mind up on the players he has inherited after the Leeds game, giving him four chances to see all of them (except those injured of course) perform in the way he wants his team to perform – they all have to fight for there places.

    Meanwhile, he must, surely, be looking for CB’s and DM’s anyway? Let’s hope so.

    Like GB, may I wish all contributers a very happy Christmas and a happy new year, also to the team at “justarsenal” for this great site.

    Here’s to a great 2020 with Mikel Arteta leading the way – see you next year!!!!

    1. Ken, “fight for their places” is the operative phrase, given the lack of fight demonstrated by some players in this squad.
      Hopefully Arteta will introduce “the pruning season” to move out the players without commitment to the Club and team, professional and personal pride, character and physical and mental strength.

  6. No thank you we don’t need another flop. If he is struggling to create in Spanish league he won’t do any better in England. I prefer we go for a brilliant CM, we need to fill the void left my carzola.

    1. Lemar is a winger so he would in any case only be an option if we sold either Laca or Auba and moved Martinelli to CF.

      But with 170 cm and 58 kg you just know he would struggle. People say Pepe isn’t strong enough, well: Lemar is less strong than Pepe.

      Lemar would do well in Germany and Italy I feel. Even Spain, but in a different team than Atletico.

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