Date: 11th July 2017 at 3:46pm

Arsene Wenger has today confirmed that the Gunners remain interested in both Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe.

Arsenal have reportedly bid twice for Lemar, with both £30 and £40m offers rejected by the Ligue 1 champions, but the suggestions are the Gunners are prepared to make a third bid in order to get their man.

At Arsenal’s opening pre-season tour press conference, Wenger remained coy on his side’s transfer dealings. Asked about potential bids for the 21 year-old, the Frenchman said: “All speculation at the moment. Nothing really concrete about any signing.”

And when pressed about specific bids, the boss added: “He’s a player that we follow, yes, we look at. But for the rest it’s only speculation.”

Wenger also hinted that his side remain interested in signing Lemar’s teammate Kylian Mbappe. The Arsenal boss believes competition for his signature is very high after the teenager emerged as one of Europe’s leading strikers last season.

“He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can chose where he wants to go,” he said.

“There are not many players with that kind of luck because he’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has a red carpet open for him.”

Football Soccer - Chile's national soccer team training - VEB Arena stadium, Moscow, Russia - 8/6/17 - Chile's Alexis Sanchez reacts during the training session ahead of friendly match against Russia. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Wenger expects Sanchez to honour his contract

Wenger has also urged Arsenal fans to breathe a sigh of relief after stating that he fully “expects” Alexis Sanchez to remain an Arsenal player – though we have been here before.

The Chilean has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Australia. Sanchez is on holiday after taking national side Chile to the Confederations Cup final, but Wenger insists Sanchez will not be sold this summer.

Asked as to whether Sanchez had told Wenger he requested a move, the Gunners boss simply replied: “No.”

The Frenchman later added: “The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want.” (via BBC Sport).

Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014, but the North Londoners have allowed his contract to run down to within a year of expiring and now risk losing the 28 year-old for free next summer.

Gooners, would you rather keep Sanchez knowing what he can offer? Or sell him and buy the younger Lemar? Let us know in the comments…


9 responses to “Report: Wenger confirms interest in Lemar and Mbappe, gives update on Sanchez”

  1. Douglas Eyo says:

    Sanchez should stays in arsenal club because he is a products to arsenal

  2. Steve hancock says:

    Keep Sanchez and definitely pay the money needed to get LEMAR! That way if Sanchez spits his dummy out AGAIN! Get rid and have a youthful replacement who WANTS to play for us 👍😀

  3. Kwaku Nyarko says:

    At the moment I think we still need him than selling

  4. Abdulrahmon says:

    if sanchez want to go let him be we will find someone who is better and good than him because they is many people who are the some they is no persons like God

  5. It will be more highly profitable to sell older SANCHEZ and use the proceeds to buy the younger LEMAR . After all, SANCHEZ was part of the bunch who failed to qualify us for the UEFA’s champions league last season!

    • malcolm says:

      wenger is keen to win trophies at the moment, not keen on building a team for the future. so the money is not his priority at the moment , it is the trophies. too many young players with no PL experience will also work against arsenal.

  6. Benard says:

    I think he is a mong players who took the team to Europa league same let him bring back the team to top level champions league

  7. laban says:

    Sanchez was sittting on the bench at barcelona under guardiola. He should respect wenger for giving him playing time and making him a star.there is no guarantee that he will shine if he moves to man city, let him ask Nasri, van persie,fabregas…where are they today? while the likes of Walcott are still enjoying first team football!

  8. Tony Taire says:

    Let Sanchez go afterall is not best player in the world, clubs like Man Utd ,Chelsea who did not make it to the CL last season their players did not leave, good players like hazard stick to their club and won the league so let him go

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