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Lacazette Deal Done – But Arsene Wenger Has A Lot Left To Work On This Summer

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Arsenal have now broken their club transfer record to rope in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette on Tuesday night – and will continue their summer spending spree as Arsene Wenger is desperate to bolster his squad to challenge for the title in the upcoming season.

Arsenal boss Wenger has landed a top-striker but has a lot left to work on this summer.

Lacazette will take home a wage packet of £200,000-a-week at Arsenal.

Lacazette arrived at Arsenal’s training ground and has completed his medical ahead of a £52m move from Lyon.

The French striker has agreed a five year contract with the Gunners and is expected to take home a wage packet of £200,000-a-week.

And now Wenger is all set to launch another tempting bid for AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, and has also identified Leicester City hero Riyad Mahrez as a back-up option.

Arsenal are keen on roping in Monaco winger Lemar.

FootTheBall had earlier reported that Arsenal had seen a €35 million (£30.7m) bid for AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar turned down by the Ligue 1 champions.

The Gunners hierarchy are desperate to secure the signatures of Thomas Lemar from Monaco if contract rebel Alexis Sanchez leaves this summer.

Manchester City have already completed the signing of Bernardo Silva from Monaco.

Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco, who have already offloaded Bernardo Silva to Manchester City. Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the brink of joining Chelsea and is due to complete a medical at Stamford Bridge by the end of this week. Manchester City are also confident of luring away full-back Benjamin Mendy to the Etihad this summer.

Bakayoko is on the brink of joining Chelsea.

And at such a juncture, Ligue 1 champions AS Monaco do not want to sell too many of their stars this summer and has slapped a staggering £80m for Lemar.

Monaco are not willing to sell Lemar.

The Gunners hierarchy are confident that they land  the French winger at the Emirates, but FootTheBall understands that Monaco are not willing to sell and a deal would not be possible unless a compromise can be reached.

Wenger is a huge admirer of Leicester hero Riyad Mahrez.

This could see the Gunners shifting their attention to Mahrez, who is keen on moving to Arsenal and sources reveal that Leicester are ready to listen to offers but no official bid has been launched yet.

The Gunners have given up their chase for Mbappe.

Arsenal have now given up their chase for Monaco teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe after the arrival of Lacazette and they now hope that Monaco would soften their stance on Lemar.

Wenger is eyeing to revamp his squad this summer.

However, Arsenal are now waiting to sort out the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud.

Alexis’ current contract with the Gunners is set to run out in 2018 and he is yet to sign a contract extension.

Sanchez is linked with a move away form the Emirates this summer.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City are leading the race to secure the services of the Chilean forward.

It is believed that the Chilean is holding out for a higher wage packet and has also demanded a winning mentality and more ambition from the Arsenal hierarchy.

Cash-rich Ligue 1 giants PSG have also shown huge interest in the Sanchez.

Sanchez displayed incredible form last term – with 30 goals to his name in all competitions and also guided Arsenal to FA Cup triumph. And now Manchester United and Chelsea have also shown interest in securing the signatures of the Chilean this summer.

Sanchez wants to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Man City.

It is now believed that Sanchez is keen on making a move to Manchester City after rejecting a £275,000-a-week new deal at the Emirates.

And now the Gunners hierarchy are desperate to secure the signatures of Thomas Lemar from Monaco if Sanchez leaves this summer.

Mesut Ozil is planning to join Arsenal on their pre-season tour but there are doubts about his future. He is also out of contract next year, with Arsenal currently unable to reach agreement with him and his advisors on an increased salary.

Ozil might leave on free transfer next year.

Ozil, though, remains less likely to leave than Sanchez and may simply be happy to enter the final year of his contract. That would indirectly increase the pressure on Arsenal to sell Sanchez rather losing the Chilean for nothing next season even if he wants to join another Premier league club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, is about to enter the final 12 months of his Gunners contract.

Arsenal are keen to tie him down to a new deal.

But, according to the Mirror, talks have reached a standstill.

Chamberlain is keen on testing new waters and is linked with a move to Liverpool.

There is apparently a growing feeling at the Emirates that Oxlade-Chamberlain could be on his way out of the club.

And Liverpool are reportedly looking to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding his situation.

There is also there is uncertainty over the futures of both Olivier Giroud and Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin is keen on making a sensational return to Barcelona.

Barcelona also still want Bellerin while Giroud has been heavily linked with a move to Everton, and is also under the radar of West Ham United and Marseille, and wants reassurances about his first-team future.

Bellerin has made it clear to boss Wenger that he wants to move back to Barcelona but the French manager is not willing to part ways with the defender and is set to hold showdown talks with the Spaniard.

Giroud appears most likely to leave following Lacazette’s arrival although Wenger does want to retain his option as a more physically imposing style of striker.

Giroud has been heavily linked with a move to Everton.

Bellerin has become one of Barcelona’s priorities this summer in a pursuit that is already becoming reminiscent of the Cesc Fabregas saga.

Like Fabregas, Bellerin began his career at Barcelona and the emotional pull of his home club is likely to be considerable although he is under contract to Arsenal until 2023.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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