Pires backs Lemar as a player who can make a difference for Arsenal

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Former Gunner Robert Pires has backed Arsenal’s chase of Thomas Lemar, saying that the young Frenchman is a player he loves.

The Gunners might well be feeling less positive about the deal – as reported earlier – but the former Invincible made no bones about his desire to see the Monaco man in North London next season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “I love him as a player. For me, Thomas Lemar is one of the best French players there is.

“He can play on the left, he can play on the right, he can score goals and he can make assists.

“Lemar is the kind of player who can make a difference. He has the right profile to play for Arsenal, definitely.

“I hope for him and for Arsenal that it happens.”

Of course it remains to be seen what will happen. Having sold a clutch of first team players already, Monaco may not be willing to let anyone else go.

However, they have shown themselves willing to do business when the price is right, so maybe Arsenal need to push the boat out a little.

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vystina

Feels like were giving Monaco the Barca treatment here :/ tapping up it seems?

Don

Completely. Very hypocritical to bemoan the likes of Xavi talking about Bellerin when ex players from this club are doing exactly the same.

Martin

Xavi was saying that Barca shouldn’t sign him.

Anonymarse

Bit of reverse psychology

Rook

Did you hear of any DNA bullshit from him. He made a reasonable responsible and respectable statement. Please do re-read it again but this time gradually and with better illumination.

Martin

We are entitled to make an offer. AW or any of our players haven’t said anything about him so why are we tapping up.

Pedant

Robert has been coaching at Arsenal.

La Cazette with Zest and Zeal
La Cazette with Zest and Zeal

Tapping up means former players do not have freedom of speech ? Tapping up was Mourinho meeting with Ashley Cole in a hotel without asking Arsenal first.

DanishGooner

-when Barca players “forced” their shirt over Cesc Fabregas at a Spain outing, it was also tapping up, wouldn’t you agree?? Albeit not in a sense where anyone is responsible in juridical terms…

ritabhash

Feels nice to be on the other side for a change, doesn’t it? Our transfer team is hardly as efficient as Barca’s so its more of balancing the scales I guess.On second thoughts its just me trying to justify Bobby tapping Lemar 😛

Loose_Cannon

I was literally about to write just that! Pires is to Monaco what Xavi was to us

Parisian Weetabix

Maybe it means we’re a terrible, immoral joke of a club. Or maybe, just maybe, players of a club expressing their admiration for players of different clubs really isn’t that much of an issue and never has been, and the shitstorms we’ve spun up over the years following comments made by Xavi and the likes are completely irrational and blown out of all proportion.

Rossi88

Yeah, Barcelona are absolute cunts. Nothing to see here people…👀

ramgooner

@vystina

I appreciate your thinking and all those who thumbed up your comment but, there is a difference between Pires and Xavi.
Xavi tapped up Fabregas whilst he was still playing for Barcelona whereas Pires is an ex player who can speak freely.

Dan Gunn

Maybe the difference being we’ve made two significant bids for the player already.

Pedant

Just getting us excited when it probably won’t happen.

Mein Bergkampf

Didn’t Pires also say he thought we’d sign Mbappe? I think he’s literally just giving totally personal opinions to questions he is asked. Nothing to see here really…

Flashmob

I wonder where would we play him if we manage to keep Alexis…?

Rich

It’s a good point.
We need quality and depth but this is typical Arsene, we’ve needed a left sided midfielder since we let Nasri go to City.
Then we pass on a Draxler for €40mill and try and sign Lemar for more, when he’s stated we’ll be starting the season with wing backs and no wide forwards.
I love the look of Lemar, but I’m not sure Arsene is certain about the way he wants us to play anymore.
He’s constantly trying to put square pegs in round holes.

Awesomesauce25

To assume Wenger is unsure of how he wants to play is silly. The man knows exactly how he wants his team to play. Don’t mistake our inability to see what he wants for his inability to know what he wants. I’m quite sure if he has been willing to throw out these types of offers for these young kids, they play exactly into what he envisions. Let’s hope he gets who he wants and we get to see his vision in action. I think in years past he had to settle for players that were not high on his wish list. We’ve always blamed him for being too cheap to get his first choices, but perhaps the club let him down on those efforts, not the other way around. I suspect that is what a Perez and Park situation arrives from. He tells club he wants person A, club delivers him person C, D, or E. Perhaps part of the contract stalemate this year was Arsene saying enough is enough, I’ll come back, but you get me the players i want. Just speculation of course, as is just about everything we fans say since we don’t know what really goes on behind the scenes.

santori

Alexis is likely gone.

Rich

It’s hardly speculation that Arsene plays players out of position.
Maybe he does it for their development?

Xhaka he said was a box to box midfielder then he said he was a deep lying one.

It took over a decade to clarify Walcott’s position, only for him to declare yesterday that he has a new one.

He’s shoehorned Rambo on the right

Cazorla on the left

Iwobi he admitted wasn’t suited to wide forward because he was a No10 but then kept playing him there, leaving our full backs exposed.

The two friendlies so far Lacazette has played wide forward.

It’s more an observation that Arsene would rather pick his 11 favourite players rather than pick 11 players in their correct positions so we can have a functioning team.

Flashmob

Well said!
And as far as Lemar concern – just an interesting stat.:
He had 48 appearances in the last two seasons as a starter…
44 – on the left(35) or in the middle(9)
4 – on the right

…and with his 170 cm hight (plus Kolasinac in the team) – I guess he won’t be our new left-wingback…
All in all, I think he is Wenger’s no.1 emergency plan for the departure of Alexis.

clins

exactly . wenger should be applauded for giving many young players their chances in first team . but there is an alarming number of players loosing their way in recent years after being introduced to the first team by wenger.

apart from the ones you mentioned there are many others , like for instance ox is being thrown around in many positions without any concrete plan for his development .

ozil , a classic no10 bought for a club record fee and wenger plays him in wings , resulting in disastrous run on form .

ramsey was used very poorly after his 2013-14 season . he was always shoehorned in wings or played with players like flaminy . even wales with a cv that includes managing clubs like fulham managed to figure out that to get the best out of ramsey he needs to be freed . but wenger always bogged ramsey down by playing him as defensive midfielder or as a winger . only in last season wenger finally learned to give ramsey the freedom he needs by playing him ahead of three man defence resulting in some good performace by both ramsey and arsenal.

i’m now worried that lacazette the long overdue striker arsenal wanted for years will be played behind giroud as a winger or no10 . but wenger said he will play as a striker , so thats a relief .

Ronny

Thank you. Atlast a sane person with a level headed view.

AllGunsABlazin

Bobby keeps trying to fix our transfers for us, it’ll happen eventually… I believe ❤

Tom

I love how Bobby specifies he loves him “as a player”. Just in case anyone got the wrong end of the stick and thought he was actually in love with him as a gentleman lover.

Runzac

When you´re in the gentlemen love business you never get the wrong end of the stick I guess. Just assuming though…

goonerbynature

This is the same behavior we excoriate Barcelona for – surely we’re above this media pressure to sign a player contracted to another team?

Frank Bascombe

Nope. We’re just as crooked, possibly more and further, we always have been. Good Old Arsenal.

Felix Udoh

A part of me feels convinced that this deal is done.

Jason

Sometimes you get surprised only after you’ve given up all hope…

Rambozil

Hoping this doesn’t turn into one of those what could’ve been signings we’ve grown accustomed to…

TexasGooner6

Pires said the same thing about Mbappe. I think we need Lemar because Sanchez is out this summer or next and we need a replacement. If he is worth 50 million this summer, it will only increase (barring injury) next year.

Rwandan Gunner

Increase the offer to disorganise Monaco’s thinking. Money talks

Alex

So much for a guy who has done only one decent season…

FinsburyParkForrager

Could have said the same of Kante last year though. If he does more than one season the price will be 80m+

santori

Or Mahrez.

Or if we think about Hazard the season before when Chelsea were utter rubbish. Under Conte, he rediscovered his mojo.

Its a mistake to think this way.

In fact players who are underperforming is where you are likely to find the most potential value increase provided the manager feels he can wring the best out of him.

Remember Henry was flattering to deceive at Juventus. They would have said the same of him.

antgoon

Well we all agree he’s good but it seems a deal is far from being reached.

Vnet

In a 3-4-1-2, where will lemar play ?

santori

I think Wenger prob feels it a one size fits all with Lemar.

He will likely be a surrogate to Granit in deep midfield and someone who can also cover further forward.

I don’t think he is the perfect solution either rather it absolves Wenger of bringing in someone in deep midfield which frankly we needed to add last season.

wellarsed

Next step is for James to suffer some serious misfortune.

santori

I think he isn’t the qualities we need to complement Lacazette as replacement to Alexis.

Lacazette brings the goal efficiency but we need to replicate the ‘unpredictable’ element of the South American not to mention the technical level.

Lemar is a very efficient player and has a magic left peg.

I feel Wenger is considering him as an option to cover two positions.

As an option attacking but also deeper in midfield particularly as a surrogate to Granit should the Swiss get knocked.

Its a one size fits all solution but not optimal.

That said, at 21yrs he’s the age where there will still be an appetite for a bit of patience and at the same time has plenty of room ahead to develop.

Determined Culture

Just make pires the director of football already. He has the charisma to attract players

santori

……………………………………Giroud/Lacazette……………………………………….
………………..Lemar/Welbeck………………………Ozil/Iwobi/(Walcott)…………….
Kolasinac/Monreal………………………………………………………..Bellerin/The Ox
…………………..Granit/(Lemar)…………………Ramsey/Coquelin……………………
……………..Koscielny/(Gabriel)….Mustafi/Per….Holding/Chambers……………….
……………………………………Cech/Ospina/Martinez…………………………………

My guess.

Which leaves midfield still precarious.

I suppose Lemar will have to partner Coquelin. Not sure how his relationship with Granit will work both being left footed players. Nor does Lemar – Ramsey sound defensively solid. Elneny has been tried deeper in defense prob bc of potential Calum sale (which to me is a mistake). Also means Elneny is not seen as much of an option in midfield either, again defensive solidity is an issue with the Egyptian.

And Lemar in without other reinforcement in midfield will not afford us capability to switch back to a 4-2-3-1 as a viable option either.

On the plus side you pay say 45m for one player for two positions instead of having to invest say 30m average for two players to cover. I feel that could be the thinking. Alas.

santori

…and of course Wenger will be his own worst enemy (again) if he relies once again on Santi to regain fitness or banks on jack as partial solution.

not so fed up

Where is the boat? Wenger get pushing!!!

The Handy Gooner

The new Bobby…..?

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