Arsenal: Arsene Wenger ‘opens up’ Thomas Lemar smokescreen

Arsene Wenger is looking at a busy summer (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Arsene Wenger is looking at a busy summer (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

Arsene Wenger finally sat down in front of the press to answer questions about the Arsenal transfer market, but we got nothing from him about Thomas Lemar.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t been in front of the mic at all this summer, leaving the Arsenal transfer window purely up to the whimsies of the press. Which is always a dangerous thing. So it was a bit exciting to finally have him put to the question regarding the transfer activity this summer as he made himself available for questions prior to the preseason fixtures.

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With regards to if there were going to be any more transfers this summer, Wenger gave his typical answer (as reported by “I am open to get some more signings, but it is not easy to find the players who can strengthen our squad, because we have top-quality players.”

We’ve heard it before. It’s not discouraging, but it’s not the most encouraging either. To be fair, he has a point. I’m not entirely sure where the Gunners could possibly upgrade their starting XI seeing as how each position is manned by at least one, sometimes two, high quality players.

But the question we all wanted to get to was what the deal was with Thomas Lemar. Which, speaking of neither encouraging nor discouraging, here’s what he said on the 21 year old Frenchman.

“That’s all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing.”

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Which is another typical response, but we still might have liked to get a bit of a hint one way or the other. When asked if he had bid on Lemar, Wenger reinforced his coyness.

“He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation.”

Again, there is nothing here. It is a complete smokescreen. Whether there is something actually going on behind that smoke can’t be determined until the smoke actually clears. I would love to be able to pick away at something there, but there are barely even morsels to work with.

Perhaps we could say that he didn’t overtly deny a bid. He said there is nothing concrete about any signings, but he didn’t say there weren’t talks.

Like I said, there isn’t much to work with here. Unfortunately it looks like we are just going to have to play the waiting game while dwelling over countless tabloids touting “speculation” as fact.

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And we all know how fun that can be.