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Arsenal are finally ready to admit defeat in their pursuit of French winger Thomas Lemar.
Arsene Wenger had identified French forward as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who has been rumoured with a switch to Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ligue 1 champions have seen a number of the key players leaving the club this summer including Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy as the trio all signed for Premier League club’s Man City and Chelsea.
The Daily Mail claim that Monaco are refusing to sell another star player this summer and planning to keep on hold on Lemar who has scored 14 goals and added 14 assists as well to his incredible season.
Instead of chasing an alternative to Lemar, Wenger has focused on tying to tie down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at Emirates Stadium with new Long-term deals.
After Friday’s 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday, Wenger said: ‘I feel overall we have good ingredients in the squad and it is a good opportunity at Stoke to show it again away from home.
‘I played with a four at the end with Chamberlain on the right and Bellerin on the left and both of them did very well.’