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Arsenal chase for Dortmund star surely now a no-go

Arsenal have been linked with Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek as a replacement for Bacary Sagna.

Lukasz Piszczek has been one of Borussia Dortmund's most reliable performers over the past two seasons, playing a key role in them reaching the Champions League semi-final.

The Polish right-back, 27, performed at Euro 2012 for his country, and was earlier this month claimed to be a summer target for Arsenal.

Even just on Monday night, the Telegraph claimed Arsenal had sent scouts to watch Piszczek in action, but any hopes of landing him this summer have now been all-but dashed.

This is because the defender has confirmed he is to undergo surgery on his hip after the Champions League Final at Wembley, to tackle a long-standing problem.

Piszczek is likely to be out of action for five months as a result, meaning he won't play again until November, so any summer transfer to Arsenal or indeed anywhere else is surely a no-go.

Arsenal's right-back situation remains very much in flux at present, with Bacary Sagna still playing coy over any move - and no bids received.

Carl Jenkinson has been outstanding at times this season, but Arsenal will need to have two right-backs next season again, which is why replacements for Sagna, if he does leave, are being looked at.

The most recent name linked was Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, with Sebastien Corchia of Sochaux and Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord also reported to be options.

Who would you like to see as competition for Jenkinson next season?

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