Arsenal end interest in Monaco star; turn focus to sales

Date published: Sunday 13th August 2017 10:47

Arsenal have reportedly given up on signing winger Thomas Lemar as they believe Monaco will not sell until next summer.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the France winger throughout this transfer window but now seem to have done their business for the summer.

Monaco are currently battling to try and stop former Gunners target Kylian Mbappe from joining French rivals PSG and it is believed that Lemar will not be going anywhere as a result of Mbappe’s potential exit.

Indeed, the report in the Mail on Sunday now claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will instead focus on offloading some of his fringe first-team players.

Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell have all reportedly been told that they can move on, while Jack Wilshere is another who is expected to quit the Emirates this summer.

Talk of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez leaving seems to have died down for now, although there would well be significant bids in for the latter as the clock counts down to August 31.

Another player who has been linked with a possible exit is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but that looks less likely now after the England star impressed playing at left wing-back and then right-back in the 4-3 win over Leicester.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has a year remaining on his current Gunners deal but his commitment could not be questioned on Friday night as he turned in an all-action display against the Foxes.

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