Try and try until you succeed.
Yes folks, we do believe Arsenal believe in that age-old adage.
In particular it is Gunners manager Arsene Wenger who is leaning on that maxim.
Wenger and the Gunners are hell-bent on acquiring the services of France winger Thomas Lemar, so much so that they are now on their third attempt to get his signature to wear the Arsenal colours in the coming season.
Arsenal’s previous bids of £30million, and the latest £40m, were turned down by Monaco, but Wenger is convinced Lemar wants to be a part of the Emirates Stadium club. So they are dangling another bait for the Ligue 1 club to finally give in.
Arsenal have now raised their bid.
They are no willing to pay £45 million-plus to try to snare Lemar which would be the second time they have beaten their old transfer record this window.
Only recently, Arsenal completed a £52-million deal for Alexandre Lacazette which surpassed the £42.5 million paid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
Wenger and the Gunners are ready to go massive again this week.
Arsenal have agreed personal terms of £90,000 a week with Lemar, that’s a good news, but they have still to reach a sealed deal with Monaco for the 21-year-old winger.
So, the whole tug-of-war is still hanging in the air as of the moment.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have told Manchester City they want £80 million for Alexis Sanchez.
The Gunners have given up to losing the Chile international to their Premier League rivals, but City’s first offer of £50 million falls well short of their valuation.
Arsenal are also eyeing Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as a summer target as the squad look to reinforce their midfield ahead of the new season.
The Gunners have already added Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, as Wenger stressed he wants to bolster their midfield.
Over at Crystal Palace, the Eagles aim to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen.
New Palace manager Frank De Boer said he is adding experience to his defence and feels the former Arsenal centre-back is the ideal candidate.
As we learned from school, there is no harm in trying.
Whether it’s by hook or by crook, trying is a virtue that even those who want to catch something big in football resort to it just to achieve their goal.