With Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac struggling with injury this season, it looked to be a sensible move for Arsenal to look at signing a new left-back in winter– and the player Mikel Arteta apparently wanted was Layvin Kurzawa.
The Telegraph reported towards the end of the month that the Gunners were in discussions with Paris Saint-Germain for Kurzawa.
It was recommended that PSG required at least £4.2 million for the 27-year-old full-back, who is out of contract at Parc des Princes at the end of the campaign.
But the deadline passed with Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari the club’s only signings of the window. And just a few weeks later, perhaps it is fair to say that the Gunners have already been vindicated for not meeting PSG’s demands.
Layvin Kurzawa had a mixed night on Tuesday as Thomas Tuchel’s men lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
There were glimpses of his quality. But there were also times when he seemed to struggle as Borussia Dortmund secured a 2-1 lead in the tie.
Meanwhile, at the Emirates, Arsenal fans appear to have had further proof that Bukayo Saka is the real deal.