If you’ve been following the Arsenal transfer news closely, you’ll know that one name has featured more than others in recent days; Layvin Kurzawa of Paris Saint-Germain. The French left-back runs out of contract this summer and it was thought that the Gunners were close to completing a free deal which would bring him to the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
However, conflicting reports have emerged. According to news from Sport, Paris Saint-Germain are close to extending his deal, which would obviously mean Arsenal couldn’t sign him for free. It’s thought the player and the clubs are both in agreement, it’s just a case of finalising the deal.
So, what does this mean for Arsenal; good news or bad news? Well, it can be taken either way.
Many thought the signing of Layvin Kurzawa was a good one because he would act as a direct replacement to Sead Kolasinac, should the Bosnian be sold this summer, while not hindering the progress of Kieran Tierney and allowing Bukayo Saka to return to his more natural position. These are some very prominent strengths, so you can see why Mikel Arteta was close to signing him.
However, as with all narratives , there was always another end to the story. To be frank, Layvin Kurzawa is not that great of a player. Yes, he has his strengths and they should never be overlooked, however, many would argue that he’s not that much better than Kolasinac himself. The aim of transfer windows is to improve the side, not to remain stagnant.
There are, of course, alternatives to Layvin Kurzawa. That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if, in the coming weeks, we are introduced to a few more candidates for the slot. Arteta is unlikely to give up on the chase for a left-back at this stage.
Cover image: Philippe Agnifili, 2012