Arsenal manager Wenger keen on teen sensation Mbappe

13 Juillet, 2017, 23:09 | Auteur: Lucien Wathelet
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Though Arsenal's summer spending may not necessarily have ended with Lacazette's £52million move and the arrival of left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer - they retain a keen interest in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar - Wenger will feel that two of his most significant problem positions have been addressed in time for them to play a part in his pre-season preparations.

Lacazette plundered some 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign and revealed linking up with the likes of German playmaker Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez was one of the major attractions to joining the Gunners, who will be competing in the Europa League next season having missed out on the top four.

Manchester City are reported to be among the former Barcelona star's admirers, but Wenger reiterated that he would not be prepared to sell to a rival Premier League club.

I feel confident we will not suffer the debilitating February that we always do in 2018, not least because we won't have two matches against an elite European club in the UCL last sixteen.

Mbappe helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17 and is contracted until mid-2019.

Currently Arsenal do not intend for those who do not travel on Sunday to join up with the squad at a later date.

The 30-year-old striker, a target for Everton and Marseille, boarded the flight to Sydney with the Gunners' travelling party on Sunday.

Nicolas Anelka, Davor Suker, Jose Antonio Reyes, Eduardo and Lukas Podolski are the other players to have worn nine since squad numbers were introduced in 1993. On a personal level, I want to win every game. It really isn't inconceivable - given the acquisitions we have made and are looking to make.

But Wenger said reports that the Chilean ace had informed him that he wanted to leave the club were not true, replying with a curt "No".

"He is a deep thinker about the game and committed to helping players fulfil their potential".