Former Gunner Robert Pires has backed Arsenal’s chase of Thomas Lemar, saying that the young Frenchman is a player he loves.
The Gunners might well be feeling less positive about the deal – as reported earlier – but the former Invincible made no bones about his desire to see the Monaco man in North London next season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “I love him as a player. For me, Thomas Lemar is one of the best French players there is.
“He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can score goals and he can make assists.
“Lemar is the kind of player who can make a difference. He has the right profile to play for Arsenal, definitely.
“I hope for him and for Arsenal that it happens.”
Of course it remains to be seen what will happen. Having sold a clutch of first team players already, Monaco may not be willing to let anyone else go.
However, they have shown themselves willing to do business when the price is right, so maybe Arsenal need to push the boat out a little.