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5 Alternatives to Thomas Lemar

The Lemar saga keeps rolling, rolling, rolling on. Whilst I think the epical transfer will eventual happen, it might be worth looking at a few other potential targets that Arsenal could move for, if the Lemar deal ends up dead in the water.

Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal have long been linked with the Leicester City play maker. If Arsenal are looking at Lemar as an option who can play both out wide, and behind the striker – providing competition for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez – then Mahrez would be a decent option.

2015/16’s PFA Premier League player of the year would give the side another attacking option. He would be the closest ‘like for like’ to Lemar on this list.

I feel the only reason we are going for Lemar ahead of Mahrez is due to age. Lemar is 21 and has a very high potential ability bar. Mahrez is 26 and the finished article.

If the Lemar deal does fall through, Mahrez must be top of the list.

Jean Seri

The unknown-but-everyone-knows-about-him is predominantly a defensive midfielder. There has been talk that Arsene Wenger is targeting Lemar as a long term replacement for Santi Cazorla. That he will mould the Frenchman into a deep lying play maker.

If the Lemar deal does fall through, a move for Seri, whilst a different type of midfielder, will provide the reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Personally I think we should be targeting Seri and Lemar. They are completely different players. Lemar attacking, Seri defensive. By forcing Lemar to be deeper and defend, you lost a lot of his talent.

It should be Seri and Lemar, not Seri or Lemar.

Ross Barkley

Since Paul Gascoigne, there has been a long list of players labelled the next Gazza who have failed to ever fulfil their promise. Jack Wilshere is one, Ross Barkley another.

There has never been any doubting Barkley’s natural talent. The concern is his consistency. He has never quite put it together for a run of 10/15 games, let alone a season. If it ever does click that he is on the verge of wasting his talent, he could become a world class player. But at 24 in December, time is running out.

He has pace, power and ability abundant, but does he have it between the ears.

Gareth Bale

If Arsenal are looking to go big, could a bid for Real Madrid Galactico materialise?

A deal for Bale would only probably happen if Arsenal fail to sign Lemar AND end up losing Alexis Sanchez. The club could package up the £50m put aside for Lemar, add the £50 they get for Bale, to enable them to offer a world record transfer fee for the former Spurs player.


The former Liverpool youngster has revitalised his career in the last 18 months, becoming a key player for AC Milan last season.

With AC Milan’s new found money, Suso might find himself on the fringes of the future. Like Lemar, he can play in all 3 positions behind the striker, so would be a good, and potential cheap, 2nd choice. He would provide the back up needed for Ozil and Sanchez, as well as be able to play outwide if we change up the formation.



Who is Arsenal target Jean-Michael Seri?

Another day, another name. This time it is Jean-Michael Seri being linked with Arsenal. 

Yet another French unknown who everyone has started to pretend to know, when the reality is, if it was announced that Arsenal were getting Seri, our minds would first turn to the Apple voice recognition search thingy that most of us deactivate.

But Jean-Michael Seri is apparently a French footballer with a rumoured release clause of £40million – although there are further rumours that release clauses are banned in France. I do not know. Nor do I really care.

I will be honest, I know nothing about Jean-Michael Seri except that his name is Jean-Michael Seri, so I will do what every blogger and fake-expert is doing and go on his Wikipedia page and copy and past stuff.

Jean Michaël Seri (born 19 July 1991) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for OGC Nice in the Ligue 1. Well that has messed me up from the start – I thought he was French.

Born in Grand-Béréby, southern Ivory Coast, Seri began his professional career with Abidjan club Africa Sports in 2009. He next moved to ASEC Mimosas, where he would remain until 2012.

In November 2012, Seri embarked on his journey to European football by joining FC Porto’s reserve side.[1]

On 31 August 2013, Seri left the Dragões to sign with first division side Paços de Ferreira on a three-year deal.[2] He debuted for the Pacenses on 14 September 2013 against Benfica in a 3–1 away loss.[3] He scored his first goal on 2 March 2014 against Marítimo in an important 3–1 home win to send his side away from the relegation zone.[4]

On 11 June 2015, Seri officially transferred to Nice.[5][6] On 27 May, prior to the opening of the transfer window, the club had announced the “very likely” arrival of Seri.[7][8]

On 27 February 2014, Seri received his first international call up for the Côte d’Ivoire in a friendly match against Belgium;[9]he was an unused substitute in the The Elephants’ 2–2 draw against Belgium.[10]

So he is an Ivorian midfielder, who people are comparing to N’Golo Kante because he black and a dwarf. Are Arsenal interested? I do not know. Will we sign him? At this point in the transfer window, I do not care.

Jean-Michael Seri –Welcome to Arsenal.