Insider reveals why Arsenal won’t sign promising 21-year-old attacker

Sky Sports News presenter Kaveh Solhekol rules out Arsenal signing Monaco forward Thomas Lemar this summer

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Arsenal won’t sign Thomas Lemar because Monaco don’t want to lose any more players this summer, Kaveh Solhekol has confirmed.

The France international has been regularly linked with a potential summer move to Arsenal throughout the current transfer window.

Lemar has been touted as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez amid continued uncertainty surrounding the Chile international’s future.

The 21-year-old established himself as an exciting attacking talent last season following a return of nine goals and 10 assists in 34 appearances in Ligue 1 last term.

Lemar has also got Champions League experience under his belt after netting three times and making two goals in Europe’s top club competition.

However, Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol confirmed that Lemar won’t be moving to Arsenal in the summer transfer window as Monaco close the door on potential exits.

“What about players who could be coming in at Arsenal? Of course, one of their top targets all summer has been Thomas Lemar,” Solhekol told Sky Sports News on Thursday morning.

“But Arsene Wenger says he can’t see this deal happening now because Monaco have sold too many players and they don’t want to sell Lemar.”

The Ligue 1 champions have already sold Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko this summer and could still lose Kylian Mbappe to title rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal earlier this summer.

Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac also completed a free transfer to Arsenal from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 in the summer transfer window.

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