Arsenal Transfer News: Thomas Lemar Rumours, Latest on Olivier Giroud

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2017

Monaco's French midfielder Thomas Lemar kicks the ball during a training session at the Grand Stade in Tangiers on July 28, 2017 on the eve of the French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des Champions) football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reportedly resigned to missing out on AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar this transfer window.

According to Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday, the French champions are reluctant to do business for their talented midfielder.

"Monaco's stance is irrespective of whether Kylian Mbappe, being chased by Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, leaves this month," Draper said. "And the reality of having to pass on Lemar for now means that Arsenal are unlikely to make any further signings this summer."

Draper added that instead of pursuing new players, "all energy will be focused on reducing the wage bill with a string of names available to leave."

Lemar would have been an exciting acquisition for Arsenal, as he was a key man during Monaco's Ligue 1 title triumph last term. These numbers from Squawka Football sum up just how important he was to Leonardo Jardim's team:

The 21-year-old mostly played off the left flank last term and was so tough for opposition defenders to pin down. He is adept at maintaining width and dipping infield, and he always provides a threat. He's both explosive and effective on the ball in the final third.

Lemar is a wonderful all-round footballer.
Lemar is a wonderful all-round footballer.FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Lemar would offer something different to Arsenal in attack. The Gunners have utilised the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi in the wide areas in recent seasons, with none able to offer the consistency needed to help the push for the Premier League title.

The Monaco tyro has the potential to be a world-class operator, and as a result, Arsenal supporters will be disappointed that their club's prospects of signing the Frenchman seem to be shortening.

      

Olivier Giroud Wants Arsenal Stay

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring Arsenal's fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 11, 2017.
Arsenal won the game 4-3. / AFP PHOT
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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has said his affinity with the Gunners has convinced him to stay at the club.

The striker came off the bench on Friday to net a dramatic winner for Arsenal in the 4-3 victory over Leicester City, underlining his worth. Despite being behind Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order, it appears Giroud is happy to fight for his spot.

He said, per Steve Stammers of the Sunday Mirror"To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay. That is why. To be honest, I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch. I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club."

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Bott
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As Stammers noted, Everton, West Ham United and Olympique de Marseille have all been linked with Giroud in the transfer window.

Last season, the 30-year-old struggled to get regular minutes, with Wenger utilising Sanchez as a centre-forward. Giroud has been making big impressions off the bench, per WhoScored.com:

With so much class in attack, it's difficult to see Giroud making himself a regular for Arsenal, especially given he's proved so effective as an impact substitute.

But his love for Arsenal appears to have convinced him to reject consistent games elsewhere to play a bit-part role at the Emirates Stadium. That's a huge boost for the Gunners, who, with Giroud, have one of the most varied attacks in the top flight.