Arsene Wenger spoke about a possible deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar
“He’s a player that we follow yes. That we look at,” Wenger told reporters during the club’s first stop on their Australian tour.
“But it’s speculation at the moment. There is nothing really concrete about any signing.
“The rest is only speculation.”
The manager also spoke about Lemar’s teammate Kylian Mbappe
“Nobody can say they are not interested in a player of that calibre,” Wenger added.
“He is such an immense quality at 18 years of age. All clubs are interested in him.
“He is a player who when he gets up in the morning can choose what he wants to do, where he wants to go.
“There are not many players who have that kind of luck. He’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has the red carpet out for him.”
Per Mertesacker is confident Alexis Sanchez will remain with the club next season
“Yes, definitely. We have a strong squad and we do not want to lose any players,” Mertesacker said Down Under.
“Even in their final contract year we need them. We cannot afford to lose them. If you’re talking about championships, to keep our best player is key.
“I think he was impressive in the Confederations Cup, he’s now on holiday, so it’s quiet in terms of conversations.
“But he’s a warrior on the pitch. I think he wants to come back as quickly as possible – he hates holidays, he hates to calm down.
“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him in my last season and he thinks the same.”
Petr Cech says the club need to add consistency
“The one thing that is clear in the Premier League is that, if you don’t play at your best every game, then you will obviously have difficulties winning every game,” Cech told the club website.
“You need to make sure that you are prepared and ready for every game to make the most of it. Every goal and every point is very important.
“We believe in our ability and we believe in our squad. I think that we showed last season, especially at the end of the season, that we can compete with anybody. We just need to make sure that the period we had in February and March, which cost us the better league position, doesn’t happen again. We have a well-balanced squad with a lot of quality.”
Jamie Redknapp claims European football will be a distraction for the Gunners’ title hopes
“They should be title challengers,” Redknapp said to Sky Sports.
“Arsenal have got very good players and finished the season very well. The Europa League is obviously a distraction when the league is so wide open. In the last two seasons the title winners haven’t had any European football and that makes a big difference.
“The Europa League will make it difficult for Arsenal but they will still be strong this season. They’ve added Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, but can they now keep their best players?”