Why Arsenal fans shouldn’t get hopes up over Sevilla midfielder

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Louis Walsh has strung together a 10-year X Factor career surviving on little other than his love of novelty acts and repeated choice phrases like “you remind me of a young {insert music act from the 80s}” or “there’s a real gap in the market for you”.

Louis Walsh hasn’t won the X Factor for eight seasons.

Arsene Wenger has strung together an 18-year Arsenal career surviving on little other than his love of intricate passing and repeated choice phrases like “I didn’t see it” or “this group is very talented”.

Arsene Wenger hasn’t won the Premier League for 11 seasons.

The difference between the affable Irishman and stoic Frenchman though, is that Walsh spots a hole and tries to fill it, while Wenger seemingly refuses to do so.

Arsenal’s need for a defensive midfielder is as obvious to any football fan as a foul in the penalty area, yet the north London side are yet to recruit one of note.

Obviously that gives those who work in the sport’s rumour mill license to run free among the possibilities of players to fill that void.

The latest is Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak, an anchorman enjoying a stellar opening exchange with Sevilla this season.

The 24-year-old has started eight of his club’s nine La Liga matches and has played a huge part in helping the Rojiblancos establish second place in the table.

Krychowiak has made the most tackles per game for the Spanish club, while also making the second most interceptions.

Those attributes are exactly what Wenger’s 5/1 top-two challengers require and the former Bordeaux man would surely be a cheaper option to screen the Gunners’ defence than, say, Sami Khedira.

So far so good then, until the realisation that Sevilla themselves only purchased Krychowiak from Reims this past summer for €4.5 million and are highly unlikely to let him go after his fast start.

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