In Focus: Arsenal face a difficult task to convince France trio to join

According to reports in The Telegraph, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is lining up moves for three France internationals with continued doubts over the futures of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Lucas Perez and Olivier Giroud.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the report says Wenger could be ready for a huge overhaul of his frontline this summer following a fifth-place finish last season, and he is eyeing moves for Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, as well as Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

They are additions that may need to be made with Sanchez looking unlikely to sign the new contract he has been offered by the north London club – with the story saying he is continuing to be linked with Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus – while Ozil is in a similar situation, although there have been no offers for him yet.

Lastly, Perez and Giroud could leave the Emirates unless they are given assurances of more playing time next term following disappointing personal campaigns.

Would Mbappe and Lemar be good signings?

If they can reproduce the form they showed for Monaco last season as the French outfit won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, they certainly would be.

Despite being just 18 years of age, Mbappe scored 26 goals and provided a further 14 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, also picking up his first cap for France.

Lemar was equally impressive from the left wing, with the 21-year-old netting 14 goals and assisting 17 others in 55 outings in all competitions.

What about Lacazette?

If Sanchez does go, there is no doubt that Arsenal will need a proven goalscorer to replace him and the Lyon striker fits the bill.

The 26-year-old has scored 91 goals in all competitions in his last three seasons with the French side, and is approaching the age where he should be in his prime.

Can they actually get them?

It will be difficult.

The fact that they aren’t in the Champions League could mean it is a problem to attract all three players, while Kylian Mbappe could command a world-record fee and is a target for Real Madrid.

One thing that could stand the Gunners in good stead is the fact that they would be able to promise the trio that they would be guaranteed starters, if the exodus of current Arsenal stars does occur.