Date: 19th December 2022 at 5:50pm
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France missed out on the chance to retain their World Cup title on Sunday as they were beaten on penalties by Argentina in the final in Qatar. 

Didier Deschamps’ side were victorious in Russia four years ago but fell just short this time around, losing in what has been described by many as the most entertaining final in the competition’s history.

Argentina raced into an early two-goal lead courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, before a late Kylian Mbappe brace forced the game into extra-time.

Messi and Mbappe both netted in extra-time – the latter becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in a final since Sir Geoff Hurst in 1966 – but it was Argentina that came out on top after a penalty shootout.

Both sides had chances to win the match in the closing stages, and France felt that they could have had another penalty when Marcus Thuram went down under a challenge in the area.

The referee awarded the free-kick the way of the Argentinians, though, and booked Thuram for diving.

The 25-year-old son of French World Cup winner Lilian had been substituted on during the first-half, but was unable to impact the game as much as he would have liked.

Despite that, it appears that Arsenal are interested in the player, and The Gunners have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of him.

Thuram was substituted on during the first half of France’s World Cup final loss against Argentina

According to BILD via The Mirror, Thuram’s current club, Borussia Monchengladbach, have set the asking price for the player at just £10 million.

As well as Arsenal, both Newcastle United and West Ham United are believed to be interested in the player, who has made 17 appearances for the German side so far this term.

The forward’s contract is set to expire next summer and, with no sign of the Frenchman committing to a new deal, Gladbach have decided to launch one last attempt to cash in on him.

If a deal can’t be agreed during the upcoming transfer window, the player would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside of France from January onwards.

Thuram joined the German outfit in 2019, moving from Guingamp in a deal worth around £6.5 million.

Since then, he has scored 41 goals and provided 26 assists in 119 games for his current side, earning his debut for the French senior side in 2020.

Arsenal could be in the market for a forward in January as they look to cover Gabriel Jesus, who suffered a knee injury while on international duty for Brazil at the World Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s side currently hold a five point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, but the Spaniard will be wary of losing ground without Jesus.

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