Arsenal might not be in the position they would like to be, but that has not stopped them from working in future arrivals even though the transfer market just closed a few hours ago.
That’s exactly what has happened with Thomas Lemar. The AS Monaco winger rejected a move to Arsenal on the Deadline Day, and that forced The Gunners to keep Alexis Sanchez even though they had his transfer to Manchester City all but sealed. But Arsene Wenger is not going to give on the French international.
During an interview with Telefoot, Wenger esentially confirmed all the gossip regarding an offer around the €100 million mark for Lemar was true.
“Yes, we bid €100M for Lemar but the player wanted to stay in Monaco,” Wenger said in an interview with Telefoot. “And Yes, we’ll come back in for him.”
Lemar was just one of the many players that were linked with Arsenal, but ultimately did not arrive to Emirates Stadium. Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler did not join the club either, so Alexandre Lacazette was the only bombastic signing Arsenal made during the summer.
Wenger definitively deserves an A+ for his effort. But he needs to execute his moves better, because otherwise Arsenal will be condemned to a secondary role in the Premier League standings during the next few years. The current team is just not good enough to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool in the short-term future.