Arsenal round-up: Lemar remains a target; Wenger on FFP; Xhaka talks Liverpool
Arsenal have not given up hope of signing Thomas Lemar from Monaco. Arsene Wenger has commented that the club remain interested in his fellow Frenchman and will try to bring him to North London again in the future. In an interview with Telefoot, he had the following to say on his pursuit of the Monaco midfielder:
“Yes, we bid €100m for Lemar but the player wanted to stay in Monaco. Yes, we’ll come back in for him.”
Despite a deal not being completed on deadline day, these comments suggest that it wasn’t an outright refusal from the midfielder. The lack of time left in the window might have played a part in his decision to stay at Monaco. However, Arsenal need to show over the next few months that they are a team heading in the right direction. Until they do that, their hopes of signing a player of Lemars calibre don’t look good.
Arsene Wenger gave an insightful interview to Telefoot and touched on a number of hot topics regarding the game. FFP was something that the Frenchman was initially in favour of, but he is now calling it to be scrapped. The translation is taken from the Mirror:
“I wanted FFP initially. But now I think it should be scrapped. You shouldn’t have a rule that cannot be imposed.”
This is a huge statement from the Gunners’ boss and if other managers make similar comments, the rules may have to be looked at. It is clear to everyone that PSG have managed to manoeuvre around FFP and that sets a bad precedent when it comes to upholding the rules. If they aren’t punished, it will be difficult to disagree with Wenger.
Granit Xhaka has made some weird comments regarding the team’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool. Arsenal were outplayed in every department and didn’t look like a group of players that cared about the club. It was enough to anger a large section of the support and they had every right to direct that at the players involved. In an interview with Blick, the midfielder had the following to say:
“It is not the start we wanted. But there are still 35 laps ahead of us. Against Liverpool, we didn’t show up on the pitch.
“We did a lot wrong and could not keep up with Liverpool. There are days like that, I’d prefer they didn’t happen. But I we do lose, I’d rather lose 4-0 one that suffer four 1-0 defeats.”
The result was a bad one, but it was the manner of the performance that upset the supporters. The players didn’t look like they cared and they were outfought as well as outplayed by their top-six rivals. These comments from Xhaka underline what is wrong with the squad, as they don’t realise the extent of their problems.