PLUS: Arsenal scouts watch Thomas Lemar masterclass
The door could be open for Arsenal and other Premier League clubs should a reported mass exodus of Real Madrid stars come to fruition at the end of the season.
Don Balon claims Florentino Perez is eager to clear out some of his biggest wage earners and bring in new talent, which could be good news for the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger has regularly been linked to striker Karim Benzema in transfer windows gone by and this could be his best chance to land him.
However, the Spanish outlet also claims the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Luca Modric could all be on the market – however unlikely that is, cashed up Premier League clubs will have their ears pricked up at the prospect.
Mesut Ozil explains why Alexandre Lacazette can be as good as Real Madrid star Karim Benzema
Mesut Ozil has explained why Arsenal team-mate Alexandre Lacazette can be as good as his former Real Madrid pal Karim Benzema.
Lacazette joined the Gunners in the summer for £52.7million after scoring 37 goals in 45 appearances for Lyon the season before.
So far the Frenchman has netted five times in nine Premier League games for Arsenal – his most recent goal coming against Everton.
Lacazette has failed to bring his form to the international team, however, scoring just once in 14 caps.
Arsenal scouts watch Thomas Lemar masterclass
Monaco’s Thomas Lemar put on a show for Arsenal scouts and justified the club’s summer – and continued – interest in him.
The Frenchman was a major target for the Gunners but the Ligue 1 champions’ asking price was too rich for Arsene Wenger and the club’s liking.
However, Lemar has continued to catch the eye with a number of standout displays for Leonardo Jardim’s team and, as Football.London reports, Arsenal scouts were at Bordeaux on Saturday to see him in action.
And they had every reason to be impressed.
After Keita Balde had opened the scoring for Monaco in the 57th minute, Lemar was at his best as he doubled his side’s lead eight minutes later with a fantastic solo goal.
Picking the ball up on the left wing, Lemar cut inside and slalomed past three Bordeaux defenders to give him a sight on goal.
After using his pace and trickery, just two of the qualities that showed why Wenger attempted to sign him, Lemar found the net with his low strike fortuitously going through Benoit Costil’s legs.
Source The Mirror