Date: 8th August 2017 at 12:40pm

By Reece Dixon

Arsene Wenger ignored calls from Arsenal to sign Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina this summer.

According to The Express, the Gunners boss was presented the opportunity to recruit the Gabon international at the back end of last season by Arsenal scouts and principal transfer negotiator Dick Law, but Wenger decided against making a move.

The 23-year-old had been linked with several Premier League sides during the window, including West Ham, Stoke and Watford.

But Juventus recently agreed a deal to sell Lemina to Southampton for a reported £16m, with the fee potentially rising to £20m.

The midfielder who can operate in the middle or on the right hand-side rarely figured for Massimiliano Allegri’s side last season. Lemina started just 8 Serie A games, scoring one and assisting one.

Since the snub, Arsenal have added Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette. Yet the chase for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar continues.

 

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