Arsenal fans must have mixed feelings about the club’s summer so far.
The signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac should make a huge difference next season, and Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez remain in north London – though the situation regarding the Chilean could change any day now.
There is still work to be done, however, if the Gunners are to overcome the problems that saw them finish fifth last season.
They’re set to be disappointed in their pursuit of Thomas Lemar, with the Daily Mail reporting Monaco have rejected a third bid.
The Ligue 1 champions’ vice-president Vadim Vasilyev told a press conference earlier this week that the 21-year old was “essential” to their plans and that he wasn’t for sale.
Arsenal decided to test that resolve by offering £50million, but it still has not proved enough.
Lemar’s arrival would cast even more doubt on Sanchez’s future as the forward enters the last year of his contract.
Arsene Wenger’s nightmare scenario would be for Sanchez to leave without him finding a replacement, so he may have to consider alternatives to avoid missing out on another attacking player altogether.