Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dampened reports on the club potentially signing France international forward Thomas Lemar, according to the Evening Standard.
The Premier League side, who face Crvena Zvezda in the UEFA Europa League tonight, have been continuously linked with a move for AS Monaco’s highly rated winger.
The 21-year-old, who has eight senior international caps for his country, has scored one goal and provided three assists in 14 appearances in all competitions for the defending Ligue 1 champions so far this season.
Lemar, who netted his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign at the weekend in Bordeaux, came close to joining The Gunners on Deadline Day in a whopping £92m transfer, as a replacement for Chile star Alexis Sanchez, who would have been sold to top-flight rivals Manchester City.
However, any deal fell through at the last minute, and boss Wenger has now poured cold water on fresh reports linking the North London outfit with the Frenchman ahead of the January transfer window.
When questioned whether Arsenal would make another move for Lemar, Wenger responded, “No, at the moment I have told you I have a big squad and the problem for me is to keep everyone together until the end of the season.
“Do we go for the transfer market in January? I don’t know yet.”
Lemar has scored 20 goals in 103 appearances overall for Monaco since arriving from Caen in 2015.