Ar­se­nal call off Le­mar chase

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Ar­se­nal have all but given up on sign­ing Thomas Le­mar from Monaco, ac­cept­ing that the club are un­likely to sell him un­til next sum­mer.

Monaco’s stance is ir­re­spec­tive of whether Kylian Mbappe, be­ing chased by Paris Saint Ger­main and Real Madrid, leaves this month.

And the re­al­ity of hav­ing to pass on Le­mar for now means that Ar­se­nal are un­likely to make any fur­ther sign­ings this sum­mer.

In­stead, all en­ergy will be fo­cused on re­duc­ing the wage bill with a string of names avail­able to leave. Math­ieu De­buchy, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenk­in­son, Lu­cas Perez and Joel Camp­bell all need to find new clubs but none is close to a move now.

Gibbs’ move to Wat­ford has fallen through over wages and New­cas­tle can­not af­ford Perez’s fee nor his wages.

The po­si­tion of Jack Wil­shere is un­clear. The club aren’t ac­tively seek­ing a buyer but even when he gets fit he looks to be well be­hind in the mid­field peck­ing or­der and with just one more year on his con­tract, the club will have to sell in the next three weeks or be likely to lose him on a free.

Af­ter Fri­day’s 4-3 win over Le­ices­ter on Fri­day, Wenger said: “I feel over­all we have good in­gre­di­ents in the squad and it is a good op­por­tu­nity at Stoke to show it again away from home.

“I played with a four at the end with Cham­ber­lain on the right and Bel­lerin on the left and both of them did very well.” Daily Mail

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