France international Layvin Kurzawa missed the majority of the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Monaco through a knock. The left-back came on with just eight minutes to go, but didn’t have any real impact on the game.
On Tuesday, the defender will be crucial to Monaco’s chances of progression, and it's possible that if he puts in a superb performance against the North London club, Arsene Wenger could be tempted to make a move for the player that the Daily Mail reported Arsenal have been tracking.
Arsenal are not the only club interested, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and others all monitoring the £15 million rated left-back, according to the report, but getting the chance to see the player up close and personal could sway Wenger into making a move this summer.
Kurzawa will be crucial in how Monaco approach the game on Tuesday. With a 3-1 lead, Monaco don’t need to surge forward and put the Arsenal defence under any real pressure, but they can’t afford to sit back and just invite Arsenal to enjoy wave after wave of attacks.
Where Kurzawa will be vital is in sparking Monaco’s counter attacks. The left-back is very adept at reading the game and looking for interceptions, then using his power and pace to act on the opportunity to drive his team forward.
His attacking prowess helps Yannick Ferreira Carrasco move inside to support the forward, giving Kurzawa space to attack down the left. The full-back also provides a great option for an outlet pass as he is fairly strong in the air.
You can see all the qualities that Kurzawa possesses fitting in perfectly with Arsenal’s style of play. Wenger may already have Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, but Kurzawa could be the player to help improve all aspects of Arsenal’s play next season.
It all starts with Tuesday’s performance at the Stade Louis II. If Kurzawa catches the eye, Wenger will be impressed, and it could spark a genuine interest this summer. However, a strong performance will surely alert others to his ability, and Arsenal could be in with a fight to land the talented 22-year-old.