As reported by The Daily Mail, Arsenal are set to give up their pursuit of Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar this summer.
Lemar is one of the hottest properties in Ligue 1 right now after a stellar season last term with Monaco, but it appears that the man wanted by Arsenal fans will not playing for the Gunners this season.
The Mail report that Arsene Wenger is resigned to missing out on the 21-year-old and will instead focus his transfer window thoughts on cutting down the fringe players at Arsenal that are eating up his wage budget.
The paper even say that Arsenal could be done with their summer transfer spend completely in a move that is unlikely to go down well with supporters.
If Monaco do not want to sell Lemar then of course Arsenal cannot force them, however not signing him could be something they come to regret, especially if another club come in over the next 12 months to take him away from Ligue 1.
The left winger had an outstanding season last term, scoring 14 goals and providing 17 assists in all competitions for his side as they marched to title success in France.
Adding that kind of ability to the Arsenal squad could be massive, especially if they end up losing Alexis Sanchez this summer or next.
At the very least, if the deal cannot be done this summer then Wenger must resolve to make another bid to land him in 12 months. He’s simply too big a talent to see go elsewhere.