Guillem Balague reveals three Arsenal players spoke to Thomas Lemar above move

Arsenal lodged a bid for Lemar earlier in the summer, but the bid was rejected and the player's stance at the club was labelled "non-negotiable" by Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

Wenger declared a deal for Lemar "dead" earlier this month. Liverpool fans were promised a deadline day when the club would spend £175M or more; they were promised a statement of intent now that the club was in the Champions League.

Boss Arsene Wenger launched a stunning last ditch £92million bid for the winger in an attempt to replace Alexis Sanchez.

Report in England suggested that Liverpool had moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Lemar on Wednesday as Jurgen Klopp looked to further bolster his attacking options.

Of course, these figures are hard to use as a judgment when deciding between the two players as whilst Lemar spent most of his time on the wing, Sanchez was deployed as a striker by Wenger last season.

However, Lemar opted against a last-minute move to Arsenal with some reports suggesting the France starlet was holding out for a move to Liverpool.

The teenager joins the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko in leaving during a painful window for the Ligue 1 champions, who must now hope Lemar bucks the trend and stays put in the principality.


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