Why would Arsenal go back for Thomas Lemar?

Every Arsenal fan knows the name of Thomas Lemar after our extensive pursuit of him back in 2017, when he was supposed to be Alexis Sanchez’s replacement until Monaco decided that they couldn’t afford to let him go.

The Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev even admitted that Lemar wanted to leave the club for the Premier League, and revealed after the transfer window was closed: “It was not easy. Thomas wanted to go to Arsenal and to Liverpool, but we had discussions and we took a communal decision so that he could stay here,” he said.

“He is a very important player for us.

“We could not have sold him, it would have affected the entire team and the individuals.”

but was forced to wait an extra year before moving to Atletico Madrid.

Now it seems that Diego Simeone is very open to the 24 year-old leaving Madrid after admitting that he has not ‘developed his game’. The Atletico coach was quoted as saying in the Mail: “Lemar is an important player who hasn’t been able to develop his game but who has characteristics that others don’t have.

‘If Lemar can stay or not… we know that agents work in an exemplary way.

‘Clubs work in terms of the needs of the clubs. But, as a footballer, every time he has been available, he’s played a lot more than he hasn’t played.

‘His characteristics have always excited me. But he hasn’t been able to live up to expectations.

‘Let’s hope he has a good moment when he comes back from injury.’

That sounds like a clear admission that he is open to Lemar moving on, and the rumours are saying that he could even be allowed to go on loan until the summer to see how he develops, but why would we even take a chance?

In 2017 we were willing to spend a small fortune to bring him to the Emirates, but if he has still not lived “up to expectations” in La Liga, then why would we think he will do it in the Premier League?

No, this rumour makes no sense to me at all, whatever the price…


  1. Reggie says:

    Makes no sense to me either, i don’t see us getting lemar.

    1. Paul le'dain says:

      No matter how good Lemar may be, even if we could afford him l’m afraid any money that we get this month must be used to help us strengthen our defence till the arrival of William Saliba come the summer!!!!! ⚽⚽⚽🥅🥅🥅🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  2. Rabbi says:

    Henry and Vieira also did not develop well in the Serie A but the rest they say is history. Getting him on loan this January is worth a punt

    1. Fredy. K says:

      No only Henry and Vieira but Bergkamp as well .

  3. JW says:

    I used to regularly go to the Comedy Store when I lived in LA.

    But since I discovered on-line Arsenal transfer rumors, I had no further use for it. All the comedy I needed I found on-line.

    I say that with tongue in cheek, but surely this rumor is slice of comedy.

    Arsenal currently have 6, I say again, 6 Center Backs on their books.

    Not one of them is worth the price of admission at the Emirates.

    Now, the morons that be want to buy another one.

    Can we not agree that our number one priority is a defensive midfielder who scares people.

    1. Mr Patrick says:

      Jw I couldn’t agree more,buying a couple of dud foreign defenders I think it’s time we look into players in the premier league

    2. Atid says:

      Such as?

    3. Fredy K says:

      😂😂😂😂😂 just for your info , Lamar isn’t a central back . The lad can play in the middle of the park or a winger . Remember AFC games as always been based with quicker wingers. We have Pepe who can play left or right and with him I think it will just be perfect specially with Torrreira doing a good job as a central midfielder man

  4. jon fox says:

    JW, Lemar is NOT a CB! And most of the so called CB’s we have on our books, which is a completely different matter from the articles subject, are either useless or injured a lot of the time, esp Holding.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      jon, the “Arsenal complex” when defense and midfield are the issues, buy another attacking player!

  5. Atid says:

    I actually think that arteta can get the midfield trio of torreira, xhaka and ozil working for us. We could however do with another DM as competition for torreira, as guendozi,willock, ceballos and smith-rowe are not dm’s

    I am not overly comfortable with the current centre backs though chambers is now out for 9 months whilst holding and mavropanos have yet to get over injuries, Luiz and Sokratis look better under arteta, but mustafi simply has to go.

    The summer window will be much more interesting than this one.

  6. JEMMAN says:

    Keeping Holding, Mavro and Chambers will never do Arsenal any good, Chambers was on injury most of the time before going out on loan, Holding and Mavro have taken over and worsen it. The club should be thinking beyond them, get ready to offload them as soon as they recover and let everyone move on. I do seriously pray that Tierney will not fall into that group.

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