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Is Monaco’s Thomas Lemar good enough to replace Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal?

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Arsenal have revived their interest in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar as they eye up potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez. The Daily Mail say that the Gunners have launched a £90 million bid for the Frenchman.

The role of replacing the Chilean would be a huge weight upon the 21-year-old’s shoulders, particularly after just one season at the very highest level. However, he has already shown in his short career that he will not shy away from a challenge. His fine form for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed that much.

Lemar is very much a player of a similar mould to the current Arsenal number seven. Both players have immense technical ability and love to dribble with the ball. Lemar’s pace and drive down the flanks is one of his biggest assets and few full-backs know how to handle his trickery.

He is also a good deliverer of the ball. His crossing is almost unrivaled in Ligue Un, and with centre forwards like Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck feeding off his chances in the middle, he could become a prolific assister for the Gunners.

Like Sanchez, Lemar is also capable of playing in a number of different roles. Usually, again like the Arsenal man, he plays on the left wing or left hand side of a front three. However, he can also play on the right or behind a central striker. At times he has even featured as a centre forward.

With youth on his side, some could easily argue that by signing Lemar to replace Sanchez, the Gunners would only be replacing the former Barcelona man with a younger version of himself. Lemar has many of the same attributes and will look to one day reach the level of consistency and quality that Sanchez has produced, and if he can then he will more than justify a £90 million fee.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Liverpool receive blow as Caglar Soyuncu reveals desire to play for Arsenal

Arsenal appear to have won the race for the player’s signature.

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Liverpool have recieved a blow in their attempts to sign Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu, as the player has revealed his desire to play for Arsenal next term, in quotes via Turkish outlet Gunes.

Jurgen Klopp is said to be keen on landing the 22-year-old’s signature this summer, as the team search for a long-term partner to develop alongside star defender Virgil van Dijk next term, according to the Mirror.

However Arsenal are also keen admirers of the Turkish international’s talents, with new boss Unai Emery weighing up a potential move for his services this summer, according to the Sun. And the team sit in poll position.

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“Arsenal is a proposal. I go to Arsenal. I want to play there, but everything is connected. Because I have a contract for 3 more years,” the player revealed.  And now it looks as though the north London club has won the race, if they increase their interest in signing Soyuncu.

The young defender is renowned for his superb reading of the game and his quality range of passing – boasting 81 per cent passing completion last term – garnering comparisons to the likes of seasoned veteran Mats Hummels.

His two footedness and explosive pace over short distances also suit the Premier League, and Arsenal could now land a serious talent with the potential to become a superstar at the Emirates.

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Criticism of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson unfair? stats suggest he’s England’s best option

The midfielder came under scrutiny for his latest performance.

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England put an end to the World Cup opener curse after Harry Kane’s stoppage time header ensured England started the tournament with maximum points, with Tunisia looking more than likely to take their share of points in Volograd.

A promising opening 20 minutes was encored by ponderous and slow football in the second half, after the team began looking seemingly affected by Tunisia’s equaliser. The additions of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added impetus and purpose to the attack late on. But prior to that, England struggled in pursuit of a second, and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson came under fire for what was deemed to be a lack of creativity.

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Many fans were questioning the omission of Jack Wilshere from England duties, as Gareth Southgate opted for the Liverpool man as the regular in central midfield. But last season’s statistics show some maybe being preemptive in wanting to replace the 28-year-old this World Cup.

Squawka stats (below) show that the Liverpool man was superior to both Eric Dier and Jack Wilshere in all aspects of midfield play in the Premier League last term, suggesting he could very well be the right man to continue starting for the Three Lions.

The former Sunderland man bested his two counterparts for number of forward passes, average pass length, key passes, tackles won, aerial duels won and chances created (all per 90 minutes), which sheds some light on why he’s a regular in Southgate’s team.

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Arsenal and Chelsea receive huge boost in pursuit of Aleksandr Golovin

The London rivals have been given an edge over Juventus in the pursuit it seems.

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London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have recieved a huge boost in their pursuit of Russian maestro Aleksandr Golovin, after the play-maker’s father revealed he is currently learning English, in quotes via Russian outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Italian giants Juventus are said to be courting the CSKA Moscow midfielder closely, with some reports even claiming a deal had been agreed between the two clubs (Calciomercato). However, the new revelation from the player’s father suggests the move is anything but a formality, and Chelsea and Arsenal remain in the race.

“He [Golovin] now has one thing on his mind: the Russian team. But if such proposals are made, I believe that he will go abroad, play abroad,” the Russian international’s father claimed.

“Their football is of a different level, there is nowhere to hide. Speeds are different. I’m sure my son will be able to play at a new level. It will be more difficult with a foreign language. But I know that he has already started learning English.”

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Arsenal have no plans of slowing down in the transfer window after agreeing a deal for 34-year-old Stephan Lichtsteiner and closing in on Lucas Torreira. SportBILD claims that a deal for Bernd Leno is also close to being completed, as personal terms have been agreed. And now it would appear Unai Emery is keen on continuing the pursuit for Golovin.

However, they will face stern competition from west London, as Chelsea have expressed an interest in signing the 22-year-old, with the Express claiming that the club are looking to quickly encore the managerial appointment of Maurizio Sarri with the Italian’s long-spanning target.

CSKA are said to want £22 million before they would be willing to do business for a player they regard as one of the most influential in their squad, while they also assert that a sell-on clause will be part of any deal, to ensure they dont miss out should the player’s market value drastically increase in the future, according to The Sun.

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