Is this the Monaco star that Arsenal are really watching? – Not Mbappe

Not even a day after L’Equipe broke the news of an £87 million Arsenal bid for the Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, the ever-reliable French media outlet has once again linked the Gunners with a raid on the French champions, with the subject of interest this time around being Thomas Lemar, who is understood to be looking for a move away from France this summer.

The Frenchman played a pivotal role in Monaco going all the way to the French title this season, having contributed nine goals and 10 assists in 34 Ligue 1 appearances. L’Equipe further claim that Arsenal not having Champions League football will not be too much of a problem as the player will look to develop under Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who has a reputation of nurturing young talent, especially in regards to Frenchmen!

Although primarily a midfielder, Lemar has enjoyed great success playing on the left-wing for Monaco, so much so that he earned a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season and also earned himself a call-up to Didier Deschamps’ France squad. With so much momentum behind the player, perhaps the next big step would be to move to England and develop further under the watchful eye of the Arsenal boss.

Considering that it is L’Equipe that is the source of this story, it would safe to say that the story has a fair bit of credibility to it. Moreover, Thomas Lemar has all the hallmarks of a typical Arsene Wenger signing – he’s young, agile, French and with a valuation understood to be around £26 million, the now French international will not be very expensive either.

In my opinion, this is a deal that is more likely to actually happen in comparison with the deal involving Mbappe. While it is extremely unlikely that the club will land both players, a potential double-swoop of the spine of Monaco’s title-winning team will be the perfect start to the transfer window for Arsene Wenger, who has supposedly been warned by the board to finalise his transfer deals early on this summer.



  1. Inno says:

    Rather buy Thomas lamer than mbappe, buy lukaku, verane

  2. Sam 111 says:

    My team for next season with only 3 additions:


    Chambers Holding Mustafi

    Bellerin Ox Xhaka Kolasinac

    Ozil Isco/James


    A strong team with a quality English core as well. Very achievable- should be £70 million max.

    1. funkyrith says:

      Quality english core have got us this far, our English core let us down(Wilshare,Walcott, Jenk) and compare that to Spurs. Time to replace that core with new English youngsters(Ox/Champers/Holding are good, we can add a few more)

    2. Arsenal FC says:

      70mil for all 3 players in Pickord,Isco and James? i’m not being funny or sarcastic just asking that’s all.

      1. Carlos Da Silva says:

        He means Pickford, Kolasinac and either James or Isco.

  3. funkyrith says:

    Lemar is a must add, and Spurs can dream on! He is a pacy and creative winger, who is a goal scorer. Perfect to replace Alexis. If Alexis does not sign extension, I am kind of sure he will be the one to let go. Lemar can turn into a gem. I rate Fabinho highly too, but he will cost more because he is versatile.

  4. ANAND says:

    Wenger is back to his game. His bid for Mbappe is a hog wag when we all know when people like Real Madrid are fighting to sign him, he is not going to sign for a loser like Wenger & Arsenal. Kroenke would whack Wenger’s ass he made such costly buys. In fact he has been re-appointed to oversee the sale of people like Sanchez, Ozil Bellerin so that Wenger and Kroenke can make more money. This is typical Wenger thing like we tried signing him but he was not available. Who will join born loser like Wenger & Arsenal

    1. neil says:

      So if you think arsenal are a born loser and you support the club then what does that make you eh ?

      1. ks-gunner says:

        most of us have not become Arsenal fans bec of Wenger or Arsenal in particular

  5. Robert Newton says:

    We need to spend big and sign 3 world class players. We have 6 CB so, I dont expect us to sign CB. I think we need 3 world class players in midfield, winger and striker. Cazorla is out injured for longer and getting older.
    1.We need Jean Michael Seri whose price tag is 30 m can pass, create, shoot, good energy level.
    2. We need someone who can create and score from wing Lemar is perfect and should be available at 30 m.
    3. We need to break the bank for this kid Mbappe offer Monaco 120 M Pounds they will sell.
    We will finally win the league with these signings and renew Alexis, Ozil and Ox.

    1. Disgusted1 says:

      Arsenal needs 4 players this window or else we will continue to decline. I am sure we all agree that Our rivals will spend to become genuine title contenders both in Europe and in the EPL so this is my new look arsenal.

      Peter C

      Holding Kos. Monreal

      Ox Carvalho

      Marhez Teleman. Alexis

      This team will be a lot more solid defensively as well as creative enough to break any team in the EPL and Europe ? League down.

  6. spence545santi says:

    my team for next season
    chambers mustafi. holding
    ox. xhaka. Ramsey. kolasnic
    isco lemar
    koscielny monreal hector fornals welbz

    u21 potentials
    bielik malen. Rene Adelaide

  7. Break-on-through says:

    You might be on to something. Lets say Monaco want to wait a couple seasons before selling Mbappe. If we could bring two other Monaco players over, it might make him likely to choose us down the road. He’ll know Lemar well, how to play with him and they could be mates. Bakayoko looks like he’s going to Chelsea though, the Vieira mold. I’m amazed Arsene wasn’t raiding that club before they all made an impact. He knows the club well so should have had his ear to the ground, Arsene was first on Mbappe, but that’s not enough, he should’ve been picking the bones by now.

    1. neil says:

      i think he did try but as always Gazidis could not follow through ! Apparently Wenger was at Mbappe house but the kid stayed at Monaco

  8. Precious Et Al says:

    In my heart of hearts, i know arsenal wouldn’t sign Mbappe- not with the quality of teams interested.. so, i don’t bother dreaming about these things anymore.

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