Paris Saint-Germain are romping to another Ligue 1 title and any weight they can afford to shed in terms of players could be crucial for injury-ravaged sides like Arsenal.
Arsenal have had a very mixed start under Mikel Arteta. The former Pep Guardiola assistant has clearly carried an ideology to The Emirates. But the results have not been kind enough to the Spaniard. And one of the reasons for it is the lack of bodies in defence. A string of injuries, especially at the back, has halted any meaningful progress under Arteta. However, the former English champions can be helped if their current French counterparts decide to let go of one of their stars.
Tuchel on Kurzawa’s future
Thomas Tuchel has dampened North London spirits by confirming that Kurzawa might stay at Paris. The German tactician has ruled out any chance of the Frenchman moving this January.“I haven’t spoken with Layvin or anyone else about his departure this winter,” he said. “Layvin is number two behind [Juan] Bernat in the left-back position. We need him and Layvin will play tomorrow (Sunday) against Lorient. He has played well recently.”
Arteta on defensive injuries at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta also provided an update from the other end of the situation. The 37-year-old has shed some light on how plans might have changed due to the injury issues. “We have a lot of issues at the back, the fact that Calum got the big injury is modifying our plans,” Arteta told reporters on Friday.”It is what we have, the situation, it can happen between December and January, it is very common.”
“We have to live with it, this is what we have. We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I am sure we will.”
When asked about possible January signings, “Yes, but it has to be the right player, in the right context that financially we can compete and we can attract and all these factors if you put them together, are not easy in this market.”
Arsenal should not rush and bring in Kurzawa. The Gunners might not have a proper left-back fit but Kolasinac could return as early as next week. With Tierney also expected to return in a few weeks, the Gunners should ride the wave. As a Champions League spot looks more and more unlikely, the Gunners should plan for the long term and not get caught up in trying to aim for anything unachievable.