According to reports, Arsene Wenger is prepared to meet the £24 million release clause in the contract of Sevilla and Polish defender midfielder Grzegortz Krychowiak.
Grzegortz Krychowiak has impressed since he moved to La Liga in the summer. According to his statistics, he averages 3.6 tackles in every league game he has played so far, while his interceptions in the games played so far stands at 3.1 per game.
The 24 year old has been an impressive figure since he joined the La Liga outfit in the summer for just €4 million. He was previously with French side Reims before he joined Unai Emery’s side this season.
The inadequate cover in Arsenal’s midfield as necessitated the need for an imposing figure in the club’s central midfield. The shortcomings of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have consistently being exposed since the season commenced. Although the former boast more ability than the latter judging by his ability to hold on to the ball, and his overall intelligence, his continuous fitness issues which has seen him suffer three different injuries this season means the club’s need an upgrade in that position.
At 6ft 1in Grzegortz Krychowiak has the height to add something dynamic to Arsenal’s midfield. And by the fact that he is second only to Javier Mascherano in statistics as the best tackler and inceptor in La Liga, he could be a good signing.
Arsenal would have to do battle with Borussia Dortmund in the quest to sign the 24 year old. Jurgen Klopp’s side does not however boast the finances to pull off the transfer, which leaves Arsenal in pole position to sign the former Bordeaux and Nantes midfielder.
The 24 year old made his international debut in 2008, and he has over 20 caps for Poland. He has been part of a Poland team that has made an impressive start to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, including an historical win over Germany in October, the first by any Poland team.
Arsene Wenger’s priority for the January transfer window has taken on more significance, as the club’s travails is not restricted to a defence that has struggled without his best defender, but a midfield that has also struggled to give any semblance of protection to the defence this season.
The continuous link of Grzegortz Krychowiak could be a push from the club to address the weakness in midfield. While the focus is firmly on the defence, the fact that Grzegortz Krychowiak once played as a centre half during his time at Nantes, means he could do a job there for Arsenal if he is signed.
It is no coincidence that he has recently been linked to Arsenal, only last season he was playing in French Ligue 1 and going by the fact that it is a league Arsene Wenger knows so well, he should know a thing or two about the 24 year old, coupled with the fact that Gilles Grimandi must have seen him several times.
It remains to seen whether Arsene Wenger would drop his age long reluctance to sign a defence midfielder when the January transfer window reopens. Wojciech Szczesny would want a national team colleague at the Emirates.