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Thomas Lemar would fit well into Alexis Sanchez’s shoes at Arsenal, according to Phil Babb.
The Chile international has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League leaders Manchester City regularly over the past 12 months.
Sanchez’s current deal at the Emirates is set to expire at the end of the season to open up the possibility of the South American leaving as a free agent next summer.
The Gunners appear to have identified Lemar as a potential replacement for Sanchez in the Arsenal team following his impressive performances.
The 22-year-old rebuffed the chance to move to the North London club despite Arsenal’s £92m offer on transfer deadline day.
Wenger could face competition for Lemar with both Liverpool FC and Manchester United being also linked with an interest in the Frenchman in the current campaign.
Former Reds defender Babb believes Lemar would be a shrewd addition to the Arsenal teams should Sanchez finally leave the Emirates for the Etihad.
“He’s got bags of pace, he can play on either wing,” Babb told Sky Sports News on Tuesday.
“He’s very tricky and is a small, diminutive player. That pace is key. He hasn’t got that aggression that Alexis Sanchez has shown, but he certainly has the trickery at his feet.”
Lemar registered 11 goals and made 12 assists in the 2016-17 season as Monaco beat Paris Saint-Germain to the title and reached the Champions League semi-finals before a loss to Juventus.
Arsenal bought Alexandre Lacazette in a £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer.