Arsenal have been hit with a blow in their pursuit of AS Monaco star Thomas Lemar according to reports from France.

The Gunners are gearing up for this weekend’s clash with Chelsea at Wembley in the Community Shield.

But what has continued to dominate the headlines are updates regarding a potential move for Thomas Lemar.

According to reports, Barcelona have now joined the race to sign the 21-year-old star.

As a result, Arsenal are no longer in the strongest position to secure the signature of the France international.

Barcelona are of course in pursuit of a replacement for Neymar whom they sold to Paris Saint-Germain this week and they are now competing with the Gunners who have already made three rejected bids for Lemar.

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