News Arsenal agree deal to sign Layvin Kurzawa


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Arsenal agree deal to sign Layvin Kurzawa

News Arsenal agree deal to sign Layvin Kurzawa

Arsenal first-team operations manager Ameesh Manek has been charged with improper conduct by the FA for his behaviour during Sunday's defeat to Crystal Palace.

Arsenal have agreed a deal with PSG for the transfer of defender Layvin Kurzawa, according to reports.

The Gunners have been in talks with the French outfit in recent weeks as the north London club look to strike a cheap deal.

And according to France Football, Kurzawa will arrive at the Emirates in the summer after agreeing a five-year contract.

His current contract with the Ligue 1 champions expires in the summer meaning he will arrive on a free transfer.

The talented left-back will provide cover for summer signing Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac who have both suffered with injury problems this term.

Arsenal technical director Edu’s close relationship with the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian is said to have played a part in agreeing a deal.

Other reports in France suggested PSG had been willing to sell the 27-year-old this month but Arsenal would need to pay around £6m.

And with finances tight at the Emirates it seems the Gunners have opted for the cheaper option of waiting until the summer.

Arsenal already have another French defender arriving at the end of the season having previously agreed a deal with St-Etienne for the transfer of William Saliba.

One defender who could be on his way out of the club this month is Shkodran Mustafi though.

The German has come in for plenty of criticism, alongside David Luiz, for errors this season and recently opened up about the impact of abuse he receives on social media from fans.

“With social media these days, it’s difficult to handle,” Mustafi said.

“When things are not working out you read comments that you don’t like and then you have to go out and you have those comments in your head. We are only humans, we cannot switch off our brains, so it’s going to be there, once you’ve read it it’s going to be there and it’s not helping you at all.”

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown backed Arsenal’s decision to share Mustafi’s honest feelings and hopes it will see him back fighting.

“This is a good move from Arsenal, but he has made an alarming amount of mistakes and he’s now got to come back fighting.

“You usually do that on the pitch, but he can’t get onto the pitch, so it’s almost like he’s doing that in a different way.

“Maybe they’re making a pathway for him to come back, like they did with Xhaka, so that’s a good move.

“But he basically needs to understand the game better. He can never allow what happened at the beginning of this season and last season to happen again.

“You’ve got to take responsibility because eventually you become the victim because everyone points at you.”


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