Arsene Wenger admits he’s open to making more signings this summer and that Monaco duo Thomas Lemar and Kylian Mbappe are players of interest, however, there remains nothing concrete on either front at this stage.
The Gunners are reported to have made strong bids for both players as they look to strengthen a squad that last season failed to make the top four for the first time since 1996.
Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have already been recruited but with question marks hanging over key squad players, including Alexis Sanchez, the club seems determined to mitigate for any key departures.
On arrival in Australia, Wenger was quizzed on his summer spending plans, saying: “I am open to get some more signings, but it is not easy to find the players who can strengthen our squad, because we have top-quality players.
“There are two ways to improve always: analyse what we did well last season and what we did not so well and improve that, and then you can bring new players in.
“At the moment, because we are in pre-season, it is very important for us to analyse well what happened last season and where we can improve. We have top quality in our squad, and at the moment I focus on that.”
On Lemar, who is believed to be open to a move to the Emirates, he noted: “That’s all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing.
“He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.”
The Gunners are believed to have lodged a bid in excess of €100 million for Mbappe only for Monaco to reject the approach, along with others from Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid.
“He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can choose where he wants to go,” said Wenger of his young compatriot.
“There are not many players with that kind of luck, because he’s only 18 years of age and has the whole of Europe rolling out a red carpet for him.
“Nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre, because he has such immense quality at 18 years of age. All the clubs are open and interested in him.”