Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger considering bid for Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak
After a torrid performance against West Ham United from his team in their opening Premier League match, Arsene Wenger could be about to take the hint and strengthen his Arsenal squad.
The Gunners, who are 9/2 with Coral to win the Premier League, are understood to be tempted by Sevilla’s holding midfielder Gzergorz Krychowiak, who also plays regularly for Poland.
An Arsenal scouting contingent was in attendance at Sevilla’s Super Cup loss to Barcelona, with the 25-year-old thought to be their prime target.
Krychowiak who moved to La Liga last summer from Ligue 1 has been the Bathtubs’ main ball winner and was a key component as Unai Emery’s side finished two points off third place, also winning the Europa League.
His ability to anticipate the pattern of play translated to 97 interceptions last term in 32 appearances, while he is also a force in the air winning 109 aerial battles. While Francis Coquelin exceeded expectations last season in this role, he went missing in the 2-0 defeat to the Hammers at the Emirates prompting this latest scouting mission.
The Polish international has a buyout clause of €30m (£21.26m) and Arsenal have been monitoring the player for the last season, which could mean a bid is imminent with Arsenal set to travel to Crystal Palace next (8/11 to win), before hosting a much-strengthened Liverpool.
Arsenal have also been linked all summer to Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema as an answer to solve their world class striker shortage. However, it is becoming clearer by the day that not even the Los Blancos executive committee or coach Rafael Benitez knows what they want.
Whether Wenger even sees him as the right man also remains to be seen, having refused to have been drawn on links to the striker. As for the player, leaving La Liga for a tougher competition which has no Christmas break, just 10 months before a major international tournament (Euro 2016) could well be career suicide.