Grzegorz Krychowiak's move to Arsenal may stop Coquelin from flourishing

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Before Monday's shambolic first half display against Liverpool, Arsenal fans could have been forgiven for thinking their midfield was well-stocked.

After another Cech wonder save, it became clear that they could probably do with some reinforcements in the defensive midfield area.

Several players have been linked with the club, however, one name has managed to linger around the Emirates longer than any other: Grzegorz Krychowiak. The Sevilla man has been touted as the answer to all Arsene Wenger's problems; so what's all the fuss about?

Playing style

Krychowiak has similar attributes to Nemanja Matic of Chelsea: he's strong, powerful and an expert at robbing attackers of the ball. It's been rumoured that Wenger had the option to buy Krychowiak from Reims three seasons ago, but decided that the Poland international was 'too raw'.


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That comes as a surprise considering the technical ability of Alex Song and Kolo Toure when they first joined the Gunners.

Had Wenger taken the leap of faith on Krychowiak back in 2012, it probably would have saved him a lot of money - Metro reported that the Frenchman is lining up a £21.2 million bid. Should the Krychowiak rumour come true, the question is: what happens to Coquelin?

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Alongside or instead of Coquelin?

As impressive as Krychowiak looks, it would seem incredibly harsh on Coquelin if he were to be dropped from the starting 11. The Frenchman has been a revelation since his arrival into the Gunners' first team; he was also one of the few shining lights from Arsenal's stalemate against Liverpool. 

The games against the big sides, both domestically and in the Champions League, could be where the reason behind signing Krychowiak becomes apparent. A midfield duo of Coquelin and Krychowiak would be considerably more stable than any midfield the Emirates has seen recently - it would also ease the load on the Gunners' notoriously fragile defence.

Ultimately, as we've seen many times before, Wenger has unrelenting trust in his existing crop of players; it's an admirable trait, yet also something which his critics say has been the reason for the relative trophy drought in recent years.

He may decide that Krychowiak is the answer - he may not. One thing is for certain though: should Krychowiak end up at the Emirates, first halves like the one against Liverpool will undoubtedly be a thing of the past. 

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