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Arsenal have reached decision on Thomas Lemar before Mkhitaryan-Sanchez swap

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You can't fault this year's January transfer window for entertainment, that's for sure.

The winter window can often be something of a disappointment but with Alexis Sanchez on the brink of a huge move to Manchester United, plus the movements of Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk, it's been quite the start to 2018.

And one of the most prominent belligerents, perhaps surprisingly, has proven none other than Arsenal.

The impending departure of contract rebel Sanchez seems to have awoken a more spendy-happy side to Arsene Wenger who is going to great lengths to replace the Chilean.

In return for Sanchez's departure, Arsenal are poised to receive Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return and are deep into talks with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

Arsene Wenger splashing the cash

There can be little doubting that Sanchez is a massive loss for the Gunners yet Wenger is on the brink of two fantastic deals which would go a long way to vindicate the decision.

Interestingly, too, Wenger might not end his spending there and could procure yet another attacker in the summer. It's a familiar name for Arsenal fans and it's none other than Thomas Lemar.

Had Arsenal secured a deal for the Frenchman on Deadline Day in the summer, Sanchez would have already left the club and would be enjoying the Premier League summit with Manchester City.

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Nevertheless, the north London club couldn't reach an agreement with AS Monaco and are now having to fend off competition from Liverpool. 

Arsenal reach decision on Thomas Lemar

According to the Daily Mail, though, said sparring will have to wait until the summer when both Arsenal and Liverpool have decided to resume their chase.

Arsenal have been discouraged by the hefty £90 million price tag slapped on the 22-year-old and believe his value will decline at the end of the season, in spite of a potential involvement at the World Cup.

A planned early bid in July will be used to counter any potential success in Russia.

The report attributes Arsenal's continued interest as a result of Lemar's age with the Frenchman serving as a potential long-term replacement for the 29-year-old Mkhitaryan.

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An attacking arsenal of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Lemar going into the 2018-19 would certainly give Gooners cause for excitement.

And, frankly, they need all the encouragement and recruitment they can garner. Wallowing in sixth place, out of the FA Cup and losing their star player undoubtedly necessitates a big reaction.

In fairness to Wenger, though, those three signings would make quite the statement.

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan
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