Arsenal fans still reeling from the humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool last weekend were less than impressed with their sides transfer failings on deadline day.
One of the hottest prospects in world football rejected them, with their lack of Champions League football seemingly a huge factor in 21-year-old Thomas Lemar opting to stay in France.
Speaking of the failed move for the Monaco man in an interview with beIN sports, via the Irish Independent, Arsene Wenger revealed his £92 million bid was rejected by the French International himself despite reports it was the Gunners who had pulled the plug on the late potential move.
“The player has chosen to stay at Monaco.
“I do not want to talk too much. You have to respect what really happens on the negotiation side.
“I know we live in an era of transparency but at some stage to respect everybody you have to not talk too much about that.”
The under pressure Arsenal boss also revealed that Alexis Sanchez was not close to leaving the Emirates. Wenger said he would have had to have signed his replacement before that could have happened. Failing to do so could have seen a backlash from an already hostile Arsenal support.
It wasn’t the best end to the summer for Arsenal fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain forced through a £40 million move to Liverpool with both Mesut Ozil and Sanchez now destined to walk away for nothing at the end of the season.
“I can not tell you everything that happened because after you decide to let a player of that calibre go, you need to replace him because nobody would understand that you let the player go.
“When you can not do it you keep the player, and you make a financial sacrifice because at the end of the day what you want is to have a team with good potential and top quality.
“So Alexis Sanchez will go, like Mesut Ozil, in the final year of his contract, or you think that during the season you find a way to extend the contract, or at the end of the season the players go for free.”
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