In what has been a major area of concern for Arsenal this season, their defence has left a lot to be desired. The Gunners have conceded a disappointing 31 goals in just 22 Premier League games, and they haven’t exactly been helped by injuries.
At left-back, summer signing Kieran Tierney was ruled out for a few months with a dislocated shoulder, whilst Sead Kolasinac is battling niggling issues too. That has even led to 18-year-old winger Bukayo Saka to fill in, playing there on five occasions this season as per Transfermarkt.
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It’s perhaps no surprise therefore that the Gunners are reported to be in talks with PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa to address the issue. According to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, the Gunners have opened discussions with the Frenchman in view to a free transfer in the summer, but that “if the need arises”, they could make an offer this month.
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After hearing about the links to the full-back, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on their supposed transfer target.
I hope it doesn’t come to fruition
— Yusuff Ridwanullah (@yusuffridwan93) 15 January 2020
Awful if true
— Douglas Hernández (@DouglasHz) 15 January 2020
Kurzawa is a shambolic footballer. Avoid at all costs even if free. Don’t need more dead wood stinking up the wage budget https://t.co/Ivq6dbYCNx
— Gally ™ (@AFCGally) January 15, 2020
Threw up my breakfast, cheers lads
— Cluvi (@Cluvivii) January 15, 2020
A couple of fans appeared to criticise the fact Kurzawa appears to be a “finished” player, with one supporter in particular drawing comparisons to the Gunners’ former signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner, who arrived on a free transfer at the age of 34 back in 2018.
— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) 15 January 2020
To help them, this club is serving for finished professionals
— Mker Mussa717 (@MohamedkerM) January 15, 2020
A few fans of the north London side insisted Kurzawa’s poor injury record – he has missed 43 games for PSG since joining them – as a major reason as to why they should avoid signing him.
I really don’t hope this is true. I know we have an urgent need at left back because of injuries, but buying an injury prone player who hasn’t performed in the last few years is not the solution
— Mads Truelsen (@TruelsenMads) 15 January 2020
got to be the most ridiculous thing ever, he hasnt played 4 games together in a season
— Vinay C.P (@Vinay_Arsenal) January 16, 2020
So the board can’t get us player who can play 10-15 matches continuously with no injury always buying injury prone players which has been our downfall till date
— LacaAuba (@primzy_onye) 16 January 2020
Whilst Kurzawa has built up considerable experience in his time in the French division with PSG, the Gunners should surely be wary of signing someone as injury-prone as he is. Since joining the Parisian giants back in the 2015/2016 campaign, the left-back has picked up injuries on 13 separate occasions.
With fitness concerns over both Kolasinac and Tierney, it would be a major eye-brow raiser if the north London side opted for Kurzawa as the man to provide cover in that area.