Arsenal are reportedly battling north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar this month with the Frenchman struggling under Diego Simeone – and Gunners fans are desperate to beat Spurs to his signature.
AS claim both Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in signing Lemar, with the 24-year-old winger failing to show why Simeone paid £60million (AS) to lure him to Spain from AS Monaco in the summer of 2018.
Since joining the club 18 months ago, Lemar has played 64 times for Atleti but has netted just three times – and laid only six assists on for his teammates. To have a hand in just nine goals in what is his second year at the club is a poor record.
Arsenal were linked with the France international before he joined Atleti, and have continued to be suggested as a new home for the winger ever since. Now, the Gunners are being linked with a move once again.
However, they find their north London rivals and Jose Mourinho as obstacles in pursuit of the attacker. The Gunners’ priority is believed to be a new centre-back following the long-term knee injury suffered by Calum Chambers.
Spurs want to secure a loan-to-buy deal while Arsenal have the funds necessary to buy Lemar outright – which is likely to be preferred by Atleti. Arsenal fans have reacted on Twitter to the reported news, and supporters desperately want their side to beat Tottenham in the race for Lemar’s signature.
That means hes ours…
— RelegationSzn 💉 (@WiloSZN_) January 3, 2020
He should come to arsenal so we'll have even more of a french link-up upfront 😎
— Ab (@AbulhassanPatt1) January 3, 2020
wanting to go away from Simeone just to go to Mourinho? this guy is stupid if he goes there
— ً (@iizsn) January 3, 2020
Imagine, we’d have
Lemar Aubameyang Pepe
— 🇳🇱 (@Guendouzx) January 3, 2020
Can play as CM, AM, LW Would be a great addition in the squad.
— ShikharD 🇮🇳 (@ShikharD2) January 3, 2020
I would take him and Pepe on the wings will be deadly
— KroenkeFanClub (@KroenkeFanClub) January 2, 2020