Despite telling the press a couple of days ago that he wouldn’t be making a move for Thomas Lemar in January, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise, Arsène Wenger hasn’t lost interest in the winger.
In fact, according to Mercato 365 in France, the French manager asked a member of his scouting team to go supervise the player on Wednesday night during Monaco’s clash against Besiktas in the Champions League.
Unfortunately for the player and the Arsenal scout attending, Lemar left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury, and is now expected to miss a month or so of football.
Said to have failed in a £90m+ bid during the last few hours of the transfer window to bring the France international to the Emirates, Arsène Wenger, if he’s still Arsenal manager next summer, is likely to return next summer for the Monaco star.
Having already let the likes of Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiémoué Bakayoko leave over the summer, the Ligue 1 side weren’t interested in seeing another star go so late in August, but will probably be more willing in 2018.
This will give them ample time to find an adequate replacement ahead of letting him go, knowing full well they can get a hefty sum for the talented 21-year-old.