Expert view: Arsenal target Kurzawa has been a major disappointment
The Athletic report that Arsenal are in the final stages of talks to sign PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa. We asked our French office the lowdown on the France international.
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Arsenal are without long-term injury absentee Kieran Tierney until at least March and the club's other left-back Sead Kolasinac has been battling ongoing ankle and thigh injuries. The Gunners are woefully short elsewhere in their defence, with Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin struggling to regain fitness after lay-offs.
Kurzawa will be a free agent as of the summer, but the Gunners are hopeful of sealing a deal in January, with the Athletic adding that the Gunners are hopeful they can sign the 27-year-old without paying a fee.
We asked Eurosport France’s Vincent Bregevin for his expert opinion on the full back.
WILL ANYONE IN PARIS MISS KURZAWA IF HE LEAVES?
Not really. He has not lived up to the hype since he joined from Monaco after a very promising season. This season, he’s backup to Juan Bernat at left back but Abdou Diallo can play there too, so my guess is that PSG have no reason to keep him. He’s been a major disappointment.
WHY HAS HE NOT SIGNED A NEW CONTRACT THERE?
He simply hasn’t proved to be good enough for this club.
HOW HAS HIS CAREER PROGRESSED THE PAST FEW YEARS?
He has regressed. Kurzawa was in the French national team when he arrived from Monaco in 2015. He was Maxwell’s backup at first and performed quite well when he played. The idea was to promote him step by step as a starter to prepare for Maxwell’s retirement but Kurzawa didn’t take this chance in 2016-17. He failed to show he was of the required quality, made too many defensive mistakes and did not offer enough going forward.
Still, he was supposed to be the starter in 2017-18 after Maxwell retired but he lost the starting role to Yuri Berchiche, who was signed that summer as his backup. Since then, groin troubles have held him back.
IS HE THE RIGHT PROFILE FOR THE PREMIER LEAGUE AND ARSENAL?
Arsenal need a more reliable defender that Kurzawa. Still, Kurzawa’s priority is to get his real level back – the level he showed at Monaco. Until/if that happens, I can’t see him succeeding in the Premier League.