Date: 17th July 2017 at 10:46am
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Thomas Lemar has been interesting Arsenal all summer but a deal hasn’t been done.

With Monaco allowing Tiemoue Bakayoko to join Chelsea and the French champions likely to lose Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City too it means ‘a deal for Lemar is looking increasingly difficult’, according to the BBC.

As such Arsenal now feel ‘they could miss out’ the French international.

Kylian Mbappe, another player Arsenal want, as do the likes of Real Madrid, could also leave Monaco but only if a world record transfer fee is paid, which wouldn’t, if not couldn’t, be an amount the Ligue 1 club turned down.

Arsene Wenger’s interest in Lemar, 21, might have to come to an end and attentions turned towards those who could have a chance of actually coming to the Emirates Stadium?

This and working on keeping those already here, namely Alexis Sanchez.

Reports in the Sun have claimed Wenger, who apparently remains confident of keeping Alexis this season at least, is also hopeful a new £275,000 per week contract can keep forward in North London – who had already made it clear he wants Champions League football.

He told Chile’s Radio Sport, via Sky Sports: ‘I have made my decision, but now the decision has to be taken by Arsenal. It depends on them. I have to wait to know what they want. My idea is to play and win the Champions League. It’s a dream I have had since I was little.’

After the win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday Wenger had said: ‘Of course (he will stay). There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.’

Meanwhile, Wenger also believes Jack Wilshere will remain an Arsenal player for the coming season, despite interest from others, including Sampdoria.

He added: ‘I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes. I will give you a very focused answer on that; that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team. But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.’

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