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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger came close to signing Monaco’s Thomas Lemar during the January transfer window, according to the Express.
The Gunners had one of their busiest transfer windows this January offloading Alexis Sanchez and a number of other players while bringing in Henrikh Mhkitaryan (in the deal for Alexis) and Aubameyang.
For most of the month, Arsenal were in search of a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, with names like Malcom and Lucas Moura –who eventually signed for Tottenham– coming up, but it has now been revealed that long term target was actually earmarked once again as a replacement after a failed summer bid.
The Mirror believes the Gunners held secret talks to sign they Monaco winger, as they also report that Wenger told the club heads in an exclusive Q&A that time ran out on the deal for the French international.
The Gunners eventually signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day from Dortmund in a 55million pounds deal, and the Gabonese striker wasted no time in settling in after combining with former Dortmund teammate Mhkitaryan for a memorable home debut for their new club.
The duo of Aubameyang and Mhkitaryan have gotten the Arsenal fan base excited and optimistic, but they could have been even more excited had there been enough time for Wenger to land his man.
Does Arsenal really need Thomas Lemar at this point?