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Arsene Wenger has spoken extensively on Arsenal’s attempt to sign Thomas Lemar in the summer and also hinted that Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was distracted during the game against Liverpool.
The boss revealed Arsenal were told there was no chance of signing Lemar in the summer but were later offered the chance to sign the midfielder few days before the close of the transfer window.
It’s well documented that Arsenal failed with a £92m bid for Lemar on transfer deadline day and many were wondering why the club left it so late before making a significant move despite pursuing in the striker for majority of the summer.
Wenger has now elaborated on the situation, saying:
“Nobody knows. I believe people will adapt by making their decisions early,” reports the Daily Cannon.
“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.”
Wenger then followed up his comments by hinting at Chamberlain’s dismal performance against Liverpool in August.
“Once you go into 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.”
There was serious speculation about Chamberlain’s future prior to the game and not many expected him to start. However, Wenger decided to put him on the pitch from the first minute and his performance was the worst he had in his six year stint at the club.