Arsenal receive boost in hunt for Monaco star following training ground spat

Date published: Saturday 12th August 2017 11:09

Arsenal have made two great signings in the transfer window, with a long-awaited true striker in Alexandre Lacazette, and a top-class left-back in Sead Kolasinac coming to the Emirates.

However, if Arsene Wenger wants to sign-off with success in his final couple of years, he’ll need more.

Over the summer, Arsenal have been linked to many top names, and now one might be getting closer to becoming Wenger’s third new signing. On Monday, the AS Monaco training ground erupted in a spat between Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, which evidently left Thomas Lemar upset as he left the training ground.

The Gunners are well-documented admirers of the French winger, and this may just be the straw that broke the camel’s back; the collapse of the Monaco team that won Ligue 1 last season. Having already lost Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Valere Germain, the French champions have seen their star-studded young team picked apart.

Arsenal Closing in on Lemar

When it comes to matters of football, the bookies often have their fingers right on the pulse, especially in the transfer window. Arsenal are leaders in the odds to keep their star players as it stands, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis Sanchez, Hector Bellerin, and Mesut Ozil all odds-on to stay – prime candidates for a free transfer specials bet via the U.K bookmakers offers website. This will particularly delight Gunners around the world, as if fan favourite Sanchez stays at the club next season, he will surely give Arsenal a boost in their quest to re-enter the top 4.

If a move were to be completed, as has been suggested, for the 21-year-old Thomas Lemar from Monaco, it has been reported that Wenger is hoping to use it as leverage to convince Kylian Mbappe to make the switch to North London as well. As it stands, Arsenal aren’t considered to be major contenders to sign the teenage French wunderkind but bringing in Lemar may just get them in the running. After Barcelona lost Neymar to PSG, Mbappe could be an ideal replacement, yet Barca remain at odds as far as 12/1 to sign the sensation.

Can Monaco Afford to Let Him Go?

Youri Tielemans: Could join Monaco this summer

AS Monaco built their team from the ground up – admittedly with a lot of monetary backing from their owners – with top young talents mixed with world-class stars. Now, those top young talents have become the world-class stars, so teams have been paying huge sums to acquire them. Monaco have the money to keep their players, but they just don’t have the reputation for doing so yet. This is reflected from the Champions League odds, where Monaco are priced at around 50/1 to lift the trophy in the 17/18 season, teams with the European stature of PSG or Juventus are priced much closer to 10/1.

Nevertheless, they’ve had a very strong summer when it comes to incomings, with incredible young talents like Youri Tielemans, Terence Kongolo, and Adama Diakhaby coming in. That’s not to mention the very highly rated Rony Lopes coming back after getting some first-team experience on loan.

In truth, winning the title next season may be beyond them now but they have enough resources and top young talents ready to become stars to ensure that they come in the top two and push for the title again in the near future.

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