Arsenal will need to sign a very good defensive midfielder in January if we are to sustain any serious hopes for a happy finish the season and the doors stand ajar for us to capture one, as Sevilla’s Grzergorz Krychowiak has admitted a desire to play in the Champions League.
The 24-year old Polish International has been watched by Arsenal scouts this season following an impressive campaign with last season’s Europa League winners. Arsenal scouts watched Krychowiak put in a commanding display in Poland’s 2 – 0 victory over Germany in last month’s Euro Qualifying and in that regard, there may be a real motivation to make an appraoch for him.
Though he is currently enjoying a good season at Andalucia, Krychowiak already has his sights on the next level in his career, despite only having joined this summer.
“I needed to change club and became much more ambitious. Each year, I want to be playing in Europe, and the goal is to be in the Champions League,” Krychowiak is quoted by Express as saying to Spanish paper AS.
“Sevilla are a great club, but also a club from which you can make the jump to highest level. If you’re good at Sevilla, many sides become interested in you because there are always many opportunities to impress.”
“When I changed club, I knew I made a step forward. Emery places strong emphasis on strategy and tactics. During the match, everything must work perfectly. I learn a lot every day, there is progress.”
Arsenal have been linked with a host of names as potential signings in January for the defensive midfield position and it is hard to imagine that Krychowiak is not aware, let to say interested. Fellow Pole, Wojciech Szczesny could be in contact and probably have a say or some other kind of referral influence.
Wenger has kept faith with the duo of Mikel Arteta and Mattieu Flamini as his defensive midfilders having decided against bringing one in the summer. Fans and pundits have seen this as a mistake on the manager’s part as none have shown any ability to perform in that hugely demanding role. And the Pole could fit the bill required, his French roots possibly giving Wenger some reason to trust him.
Though born in Poland, Krychowiak began his career with Bordeaux in 2008 but could not get much in terms of first team action, joining Reims on loan the following year where he amassed 54 league games in Ligue 2 over two seasons. After another spell with Nantes, he was finally sold to Reims from where he has made the move to Sevilla this season.
While speculation keeps skying high over the transactions over the possibilities of signing Schneiderlin, Wenger will stand by to see what happens with Krychowiak in January.
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