Injuries can dictate how a club will act in the transfer market. A prime target will often have to be overlooked in favour of acquiring cover in a position that has been robbed of key personnel through knocks picked up through the season.
Arsenal are familiar with this tactic and according to some news sources, this window could promise the very same.
A long-term injury to summer purchase Kieran Tierney and knocks and ailments to backup Sead Kolasinac has forced Mikel Arteta to apply young winger Bukayo Saka as our left-back – with no cover for the starlet playing out of position.
This is a disaster waiting to happen and while Saka has performed admirably in this unfamiliar role, Arsenal could do with recognized players in this position.
Step forward Layvin Kurzawa, according to football news sources.
The PSG left-back is out of contract in June and can talk to clubs about his next destination and that very well may be Arsenal. The French international is tailor-made for the club but would his acquisition mean too much competition in the left-back spot?
That may well have to be a problem we face, but signing a fully-fledged French international to patch up a hole in the squad? It may be a step too far. Perhaps signing a younger, less-established player to fil in while both Tierney and Kolasinac nurse themselves back to health may be better placed – but who of us Gooners would mind if Kurzawa did come in?
The PSG man is rapid and is excellent when attacking on the flank. His distribution is more than adequate and he is well versed in defence too, making for a well-rounded player who could do very well at The Emirates.
With Kurzawa’s contract on the verge of running down, this may well be his agent doing the rounds in order to secure a bigger renewal contract from his current team, but such is the quality of Kurzawa, there will be no shortage of suitors for his signature.
Keep them peeled on The Arsenal Review for all the latest developments.