According to the Monaco chief, Vasilyev, , Liverpool took too long trying to sign Lemar. Apparently they could have signed him if they had moved much faster.
"Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev admits Thomas Lemar very nearly left the Ligue 1 giants in the summer - but the teams interested left it too late trying to sign him.
Arsenal tabled a huge Deadline Day bid for the France international, as Alexis Sanchez prepared to leave north London for Manchester City.
But both deals fell through, much to the disappointment of the Chilean.
Liverpool also made a bid for Lemar but eventually settled for ex-Gunners midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain,
after Monaco held firm on their price.
Vadim Vasilyev says both clubs [Liverpool and Arsenal] left it too late trying to sign the Monaco man
Speaking to Sky Sport, Monaco chief Vasilyev admitted that Arsenal came closest to signing the Frenchman out of the two Premier League clubs.
But explained that because they both left trying to complete their business so late, they ultimately missed out on the opportunity.http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/thomas-lemar-transfer-arsenal-liverpool-11334888