The Gunners boss is also making efforts to sign Monaco star Thomas Lemar as he targets the Premier League title next season.
It’s thought that we had our last three offers rejected by the French champions but the latest reports in the media are saying that Lemar could finally be on his way to the Emirates Stadium this summer, with the Monaco boss confirming the player could leave the club.
In the light of that, we look at what the 21-year-old could bring to Arsenal:
He could replace Santi Cazorla
Arsenal struggled to cope after the Spaniard’s injury last season as they finished fifth in the league and were battered out of the Champions League by old adversaries Bayern Munich.
It’s thought that Cazorla could miss the majority of next season and Lemar could come in as a direct replacement for him. Lemar is versatile in the midfield; he can start attacks from inside his own half, play in a deep-lying role or on the left-wing of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
His scoring and assisting ability
Though he is coming a to a league regarded as the most physical in the world, Lemar still has what it takes to unleash his goal scoring prowess in the Premier League. He scored 14 goals across all competitions for Monaco last season as they won the French Ligue 1 and reached the semi-final of the Champions League. He has the highest assists (10) in Ligue 1 and had a further four in Europe.
He adds depth to Arsenal Squad
His arrival will definitely improve Arsenal depth and also with set-pieces, Lemar has the proficiency to swing in dangerous crosses and defence-splitting passes in the final third.
So in summary, if the rumours about Santi are true, we could do worse than secure the services on Lemar, a perfect replacement.