Club legend speaks on Arsenal’s chances of signing Thomas Lemar

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Former Arsenal star Robert Pires believes the Gunners are unlikely to retain their interest in Thomas Lemar during the winter transfer window.

The France international was strongly tipped to join the north London club on deadline day last summer, but ultimately a deal failed to materialise.

Speaking to Bwin, Pires claimed that his former employers could look elsewhere after their attempts to sign Lemar were rebuffed by AS Monaco in late August.

The Gunners favourite also insisted that the attacker is not worth the £90m, the club offered in the summer, with his performances having dipped ever since his stellar brace for France in the 4-0 thumping of the Netherlands.

“Arsene tried to buy Lemar, and tried very hard, but I don’t think the move will happen now. I don’t think he’s worth £90m, it’s too much, the market is crazy. What would Zidane and Ronaldinho be worth now!" he said.

Arsene Wenger’s side are yet to find a solution to the future of Alexis Sanchez, whose future expires in eight months’ time, and there is every chance the club could move in for his successor in the New Year.

Both Sanchez and Ozil will be free to speak to foreign clubs in January, and Wenger, earlier this month, admitted that the club are open to all possibilities including the option of selling the attacking pair.

Arsenal will look to seal a berth in the last-16 of the Europa League when they take on Red Belgrade at the Emirates on Thursday night.

After that, the club have a stiff Premier League challenge against a free-scoring Manchester City side at the Etihad Stadium.

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