Four reasons Thomas Lemar could be the man to take Arsenal back to the Champions League
Arsenal could be set for another major transfer boost as The Sun say that they have made a breakthrough in talks with Monaco. They believe that a £45 million fee could be agreed between the two clubs leading to the 21-year-old being a Gunner sooner rather than later.
That would be great news for the club as they seek an immediate return to the Champions League, but why would Lemar be such a good addition for the club?
There are few better crossers in Europe
Eight from 14 of Lemar’s assists last season came from crosses, helping his side to become the top scorers in Europe’s top five leagues from set pieces. When on the flank, he can produce a wicked cross, which will create chance after chance for the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud.
He would bring pace and creativity to the Arsenal attack
Crossing is something that the Gunners don’t do enough of, but they’re also lacking a winger who can run down the wings with pace. Arsene Wenger’s speedy wingers, the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, are converted forwards who often drive inside rather than get down to the byline. Lemar will add a different dimension to his attack.
At 21-years-old, he is already one of Europe’s most exciting talents
Few players have such a high price tag at such a young age. Lemar has all the attributes to develop into one of the best players in the world, and has already proven himself at the highest level with his incredible form for Monaco in the Champions League. With more minutes and more experience under his belt, he will only get better and better.
The club are well covered if Alexis Sanchez does opt to move
It remains unclear if the Chilean will remain at the club beyond this summer, or even next summer, but Wenger is clearly looking to add cover in the positions where he plays. After adding Alexandre Lacazette up-front, the addition of Lemar covers him on the flanks and mean that even if Sanchez does go, there won’t be a gaping hole in the Arsenal team.