The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger faced media on Tuesday morning shortly after arriving in Australia on a pre-season tour.
the French tactician addressed a number of topics in his press conference but the media were most interested in finding out if the Gunner will be making any further signings this summer.
The North London club have already bolstered their ranks by adding former Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac and Lyon star striker Alexandre Lacazette, but Arsene Wenger is expected to add a couple of more names as he looks to strengthen the squad ahead of next season.
Wenger said he was open to getting some more players, but admitted it is not easy to find the players to improve squad with as they need to be top quality players which are hard to find in an extremely competitive market.
Two of the names that are being closely linked with Arsenal over the past few weeks are AS Monaco stars Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar.
The French teenage sensation Mbappe has been linked with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs after his 26 goals in all competitions last term, including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Wenger described the 18-year-old as a player who has all of Europe with a ‘red carpet’ open for him.
“He is a player who when he gets up in the morning can choose what he wants to do, where he wants to go. There are not many players who have that kind of luck. I believe nobody can say they are interested in a player of that calibre. He is such an immense quality at 18 years of age. All clubs are interested in him.”, Wenger said.
Arsenal are thought to be also keen on Mbappe’s teammate Thomas Lemar. It is reported that Gunners have already had bids worth £30 and £40 million rejected for the French international.
Wenger confirmed Lemar is another player Arsenal are looking at, but moved on to deny a possibility of a third bid for the 21-year-old midfielder.
“It’s speculation at the moment, nothing really concrete about any signing. He’s a player that we follow yes, that we look at. But the rest is only speculation.”, Wenger commented.