Ar­se­nal suf­fer triple trans­fer blow

AR­SE­NAL have re­port­edly seen three pur­suits of key at­tack­ing ad­di­tions fall flat, with Thomas Le­mar seem­ingly now go­ing nowhere.

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AR­SE­NAL have re­port­edly seen three pur­suits of key at­tack­ing ad­di­tions fall flat, with Thomas Le­mar seem­ingly now go­ing nowhere. Ligue 1 cham­pi­ons Monaco have seen their ti­tle-win­ning squad ripped apart this sum­mer, with Kylian Mbappe ex­pected to be the lat­est to leave. In turn, they’ll be des­per­ate to keep hold of every­one else for at least an­other sea­son, with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ben­jamin Mendy all al­ready mov­ing on. Ac­cord­ing to The In­de­pen­dent, it’s bad news for the Gun­ners, as Monaco vice-pres­i­dent Vadim Vasi­lyev has in­sisted that Le­mar is an ‘es­sen­tial player’ and will not be leav­ing the club this sum­mer.

LIGUE 1 cham­pi­ons Monaco have seen their ti­tle-win­ning squad ripped apart this sum­mer, with Kylian Mbappe ex­pected to be the lat­est to leave.

In turn, they’ll be des­per­ate to keep hold of every­one else for at least an­other sea­son, with the likes of Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ben­jamin Mendy all al­ready mov­ing on.

Ac­cord­ing to The In­de­pen­dent, it’s bad news for the Gun­ners, as Monaco vice-pres­i­dent Vadim Vasi­lyev has in­sisted that Le­mar is an ‘es­sen­tial player’ and will not be leav­ing the club this sum­mer.

“We have kept all of the key play­ers that we in­tended to keep. I will ad­dress spec­u­la­tion re­lat­ing to the case of (Thomas) Le­mar. He is stay­ing with us. He is an im­mense tal­ent and is es­sen­tial for the team.” That’s ar­guably the big­gest blow as it had seemed Arsene Wenger was keen to add Le­mar to his sign­ing of Alexan­dre La­cazette to add real qual­ity to the side and so it re­mains to be seen if the sit­u­a­tion changes be­tween now and the end of the trans­fer win­dow.

Mean­while, The Mir­ror re­port that Ar­se­nal are also set to miss out on Arda Tu­ran as the Barcelona ace is ex­pected to join Galatasaray on loan after spec­u­la­tion link­ing him with a move to north London.

It’s claimed that the ex­pe­ri­enced Turk­ish winger will earn £70,000-a-week back in his home­land, and so it looks likely that Ar­se­nal will have to start look­ing else­where.

Per­haps most shock­ingly of all though, it’s been claimed by Don Balon that Ar­se­nal sen­sa­tion­ally made an ap­proach for Real Madrid su­per­star Gareth Bale amid hopes that the Welsh­man wanted to re­turn to the Premier League es­pe­cially with Mbappe re­port­edly on the way to the Bern­abeu.

How­ever, it’s more dis­ap­point­ment for Ar­se­nal as it’s added in the re­port that Bale re­jected the move which leaves Wenger and the Gun­ners empty-handed for now. — caughtoff­side.com

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