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Arsenal's players tried to convince Thomas Lemar of making £92m move

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Arsenal fans don't know what to make of their summer transfer window.

On the face of it, the Gunners did OK. They signed a world-class striker in Alexandre Lacazette and the Bundesliga's best left-back last season, Sead Kolasinac.

Arsene Wenger also managed to keep hold of his best player, Alexis Sanchez, while selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for a handsome £40 million.

So what's the problem? Well, not only do Arsenal need a new centre-back, but they completely neglected their weaknesses in midfield.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and Renato Sanches were both available on loan, yet Wenger didn't think to sign either of them.

As a result, Krychowiak and Sanches have completed shock season-long loan moves to West Brom and Swansea City respectively. Fair play to them.

What has riled Arsenal fans most, though, is missing out on Thomas Lemar when a £92 million move on transfer deadline day seemed possible.

Monaco accepted the Gunners' bid, yet Wenger pulled the plug because he didn't think there was enough time to complete the deal - five hours before the window's close.

Lemar's preference to join Liverpool also played a role in the deal collapsing, of course, but it was typical Wenger to pull out immediately after making a club-record bid.

But it wasn't just Wenger that failed. According to Guillem Balague, Arsenal's player also tried to convince Lemar of moving to the Emirates Stadium.

In the tweet below, Balague explains that Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny all spoke to Lemar on international duty for France.

He adds that the Arsenal trio went to Lemar's bedroom to speak to him, which is a pretty random and somewhat bizarre detail.

Arsenal's players were clearly pretty desperate to get Lemar on board - and now the 21-year-old has addressed the rumours.

Lemar is very much committed to Monaco and hopes to have another brilliant season with the principality club, despite the fact they've sold most of their best players.

"I am a Monaco player and I am very happy there," he said after scoring twice in Thursday night's 4-0 win over the Netherlands.

"Now I am going to go and have a good season with my club, try to keep progressing and advancing in my career."

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Olivier Giroud
Arsene Wenger
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Thierry Henry
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