Arsene Wenger has spoken about the “hectic” end to the summer transfer window and the failed efforts to land Thomas Lemar.
The Gunners looked as if they might finally land Lemar on Deadline Day, after months of trying to bring the Monaco attacker to The Emirates, but could not get the transfer done.
Writing in the club’s matchday programme for Monday night’s win over West Brom, the Arsenal chief admitted: “What happens now is that you’re contacted 48 hours before the end of the transfer window and someone says, ‘Are you still interested in this player?’”
“You worked on that deal for three months, they closed the door and then suddenly they open it up again with two days to go. It’s all rushed decisions and very hectic in the last week.
“Once you go into the games as well, you don’t know if the players are speaking to their agents on the afternoon of the game or to other clubs, so they don’t focus on the game. It’s not right how it was.”
Arsenal could still turn to Lemar in January, although a summer 2018 move seems more likely, especially with the Gunners expected to lose playmakers Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for nothing when their contracts run out.