The French outlet L Equipe has reported that Arsenal are not giving up on signing Thomas Lemar, with the Gunners upping their previous offer increasing the sum to €50m. The report goes on to say that as Arsenal have increased their bid Monaco haven’t completely ruled out selling the player.
Though some fans are screaming for Arsene Wenger to instead focus on Riyad Mahrez, who the club seems to have always had some interest in. The player seems desperate to move away from Leicester City this summer, with North London his end goal. Nevertheless, I just don’t see why we would need another wide forward/winger. With Wenger hopefully sticking to the 3-4-2-1 formation, it will mean that both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez will be playing behind our new signing Alexandre Lacazette.
After the star duo, we have Theo Walcott who could maybe step into that role, though I don’t think he’ll be playing for Arsenal next season. There’s also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who could play in that position, as he will be switching between the right wing back position and behind the front man to maximise his game time, as it will be a hard task to keep Hector Bellerin out of the starting line up. Alex Iwobi has impressed in the pre season games and could well be making his case also to play in the position, ahead of the previous two mentioned.
On the other hand, Thomas Lemar would pretty much slot straight into our team, although he can play on either wing as well as in the centre, it would be most likely that he would take the place of either Granit Xhaka or Aaron Ramsey, most likely the latter. If you look at the Frenchman’s stats from last season, that’s where he really starts to impress. If you compare the domestic league statistics for Lemar, Xhaka and Ramsey’s statistics they are as followed:
|Per 90 minutes||Thomas Lemar||Granit Xhaka||Aaron Ramsey|
As you can see the Monaco player creates a lot more chances than both midfielders we have at the moment and completes more key passes. The player also brings in more goals per 90 minutes than the other two Arsenal players. With Xhaka winning more tackles and completing more passes, though that’s expected from a more defensive minded player. What he’d bring in is the goals from midfield that we’ve been lacking for some time and even more key passes which will hopefully turn into assists with Lacazette up top, with less reliance on Ozil.