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Overpaying for Thomas Lemar an unwanted necessity — Arsenal

Overpaying for Thomas Lemar an unwanted necessity — Arsenal

The Reds have not had a good summer as they have been frustrated repeatedly in their pursuit of Keita and Van Dijk - and it certainly doesn't get better with Wenger's comments.

There was a lot of speculation regarding his future at the Emirates and there were reports that the English international was set to leave the Gunners in order to secure regular game time.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's intention remains to keep Alexis Sanchez.

Mbappe failed to beat Lee Grant with a great opportunity, while Diouf had a goal ruled out for offside at the other end but, with the match hanging in the balance, two Monaco goals in four minutes midway through the half proved decisive, as Falcao stretched to tap in Djibril Sidibe's right-wing cross before N'Doram's tap-in from Gil Dias' assist wrapped up the scoring.

"People have a big imagination", Wenger said after Arsenal's 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, as quoted by the Independent. What we know now about Mbappe is that it's over £100m.

"But we have not made any offer".

More recently, Wenger has been more willing to open the chequebook, breaking the club record twice in the past four years, the first time for Mesut Ozil and then subsequently for Alexandre Lacazette. I think he will stay, it looks like that.

A host of elite clubs have been keeping tabs on Mbappe's situation following his breakthrough season in Ligue 1.

Arsenal (are) growing less optimistic of signing Lemar. He values them at a certain price, and no matter the context, the need, or the refusal to sell, he will never be flexible on the price, never paying a penny more than he believes is necessary.