Arsenal are exploring the possibility of an agreement for Paris left-back Saint-Germain Layvin Kurzawa while Mikel Arteta tries to strengthen a defense devastated by the injury. Contacts have been made between the clubs and although an agreement remains a bit far off, Kurzawa is the main candidate to fill what has become a problematic position.
The move could be completed before the January transfer deadline and would appeal for several reasons, one of which would be its low cost given that the 27-year-old’s contract with Ligue 1 champions expires in June.
The role of left back has seemed cursed for Arsenal this season. Last August they signed Kieran Tierney from Celtic for £ 25 million knowing that he was still recovering from a double hernia operation, but the Scottish international managed only 11 games on his return to form before suffering a sprained shoulder that excludes him until in March.
Sead Kolasinac has also fought for fitness and will miss Saturday’s home game against Sheffield United, with the young winger Bukayo Saka likely to win.
Arteta stated that no arrival is close, but he mentioned his priorities when asked about his scarce full-back resources – which extend to the right-back position given Héctor Bellerín’s problems and the end-of-season injury suffered by Calum Chambers last month.
“We are playing with full-backs who are not full-backs,” said the Arsenal manager. “Are they wings or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full backs? No, but we don’t have full backs.”
Kurzawa, who has 12 appearances for France, have played all 90 minutes of PSG’s 4-1 victory in his previous Monaco team on Wednesday, but have not been a regular player since arriving in August 2015, making 90 Departures. Since neither Tierney nor Kolasinac are sidelined beyond the medium term, Arsenal’s enthusiasm for making a deal reflects their urgency to bring an unfavorable season to the track.