Arsenal are making moves in the transfer window this summer. Firstly, the Gunners moved quickly to sign wantaway Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette for a club record fee of £52 million and Arsene Wenger’s side could top that figure before the end of August. If you believe the news reports, Monaco youngster Thomas Lemar – widely touted as one of France’s top prospects – could follow his compatriot to the Emirates Stadium.
Less than two months ago, Lemar looked set to join North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but Arsenal appear to have hijacked the move. The Gunners may have to fork out in excess of £70 million to secure his services but he is well worth the gamble. At just 21 years old, Lemar is still very raw but he has bags of potential and Wenger believes that his arrival could give Arsenal the edge in the Premier League title race.
With Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, gunning for Lemar’s signature, Arsenal must offer a lucrative contract to seal the deal. The Gunners missed out on Champions League football after finishing a disappointing fifth last season but that hasn’t affected their ability to attract big names in the transfer window. Now that Lacazette is done and dusted, it is now time for Arsenal to focus on getting Lemar.
The Frenchman was a key figure for AS Monaco last term, playing a pivotal role in their Ligue 1 triumph. Lemar featured in 28 league games, bagging nine goals whilst notching 10 assists – a solid return for such a young talent. Meanwhile, he also proved his worth against some of Europe’s elite clubs in the Champions League; scoring two goals and assisting four more in nine appearances in the competition.
Back in June, Lemar impressed whilst starring for France in the 3-2 victory against Gareth Southgate’s England. On that day, he caused numerous problems for the English back four and signs indicate that he would adjust quickly to life in the Premier League. With the World Cup next summer, Lemar will be looking to impress France coach Didier Deschamps in order to keep his place in the international setup.
France are well placed to challenge for silverware in Russia next summer and Les Bleus are priced at 13/2 in international football betting markets to lift the famous trophy. With Lemar looking to improve further, he could mature into a key component for club and country – no matter where he moves this summer. Arsenal fans will be hoping that he is strutting his stuff at the Emirates; just imagine how well he could link up with Lacazette.
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In Lacazette, Arsenal finally have a competent striker to lead the line. Rumours continue to surround Alexis Sanchez’s future at the club and the Gunners must sign cover for the Chile star if he does depart. Lemar can be a key figure for Arsenal for the next decade or so – he is quick and skilful; two traits needed to succeed in the top flight. Wenger and co should meet Monaco’s asking price… players like Lemar don’t come around too often.