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BBC Journalist Provides Several Updates On Arsenal’s Transfer Activity

Arsenal’s fifth place finish in the Premier League has seemingly spurred them on in this summer’s transfer window.

The Gunners have been linked to the likes of Alvaro Morata and Kylian Mbappe, with strengthening of their strikeforce required, along with the questions surrounding the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.

Though no progress has been made as of yet in this window, it’s not down to a lack of trying. BBC Sport’s David Ornstein earlier confirmed reports that Arsenal had made official bids for French duo Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon, and Thomas Lemar of Monaco.

With the Lacazette signing likely their top priority, the English side could yet push through a deal, although the Lemar interest is more unlikely to yield results. The former’s 28 league goals last season indicate that he would go a long way towards turning around Arsenal’s fortunes.

Jason Burt of The Telegraph provided further insight on the failed Thomas Lemar bid. The probable arrival of Monaco’s Tiemou√© Bakayoko to London rivals Chelsea means that the Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to part with two midfielders in such short order.

Elsewhere, Ornstein addressed the transfer saga closest to the hearts of the Gunner faithful, that being Alexis Sanchez’s future. The 28-year-old Arsenal talisman has been implicated in a potential move north to Manchester City, who in rebuilding their team are interested in a marquee signing with Premier League experience.

Ornstein was more non-committal on the Sanchez front, outlining that all options are still on the table, but he did emphasise Arsenal’s preference not to sell the Chilean to a fellow Premier League club.

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