Grzegorz Krychowiak is exactly the player Arsenal need

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Sevilla won the Europa League for a record fourth time in Warsaw, but it was the telling contribution of another Polish town, Gryfice in the north-west of the country, that really made the difference.

Gryfice is the birthplace of Grzegorz Krychowiak, the midfielder who, spurred on by playing in his home nation, put in a colossus performance as Sevilla defeated Dnipro 3-2 to retain the trophy.

Had it not been for Colombian striker Carlos Bacca, whose two goals included a late winner, Krychowiak would have been the stand out man-of-the-match.

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He can at least console himself with the fact that he is the first Polish player to win a European trophy on home soil. 

The 25-year-old equalised with a low drive after Nikola Kalinic had given Dnipro a seventh minute lead, but it was his ability to dictate the tempo of the match, switch the play and break up the Ukrainian side's counter-attacks that really impressed.

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Signing of the season  

After Luis Suarez, who has settled emphatically after moving to Barcelona from Liverpool to form Europe's deadliest attack, it is difficult to look past Krychowiak as the signing of the season in La Liga.

He is another success story for Sevilla's sporting director Monchi who possesses an unerring ability to not only nurture talent at the club's academy, but also scour the globe in search of bargains.

Dani Alves, Julio Baptista, Seydou Keita and Ivan Rakitic have all been brought to the club for small fees and sold for heavy profit, at which point Sevilla invest wisely in their replacements.

This was the case for Krychowiak, brought to the club to replace Barcelona bound Rakitic, the heartbeat of the team who had dragged Sevilla almost single handedly to Europa League success. 

Krychowiak's €4.5 million move from Reims, where he had spent two years, went relatively under the radar in a summer that saw Suarez, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez move to La Liga, but the same won't be true if the Polish international moves again this summer.

Tailor made for Arsenal 

Although Francis Coquelin had an outstanding season at Arsenal he remains the only player in the Gunners squad capable of fulfilling the destroyer role and provide balance in the midfield.

Krychowiak was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in January, such was the impression he made in his first few months at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, however this never came to fruition. 

After his performance in the Europa League final Arsene Wenger may well decide to have another look, as he would provide a cheaper alternative to reported transfer targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Arturo Vidal.

Whether he would leave Sevilla, who will be playing Champions League football next season, remains to be seen, but there is no doubt Arsenal have the financial power to tempt the player into a transfer. 

What is certain is that Gryfice, a town with under 20,000 inhabitants, can be proud of their son, who should continue to dominate in midfield for years to come for both club and country.

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