DEAL OFF? Arsenal transfer blow as major £22m midfield target suffers injury

Arsenal have been handed a significant blow in their pursuit of Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak, as the midfielder has been hit with a worrying injury.

Krychowiak suffered a broken rib in the La Liga outfit’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday night, which may have damaged his chances of a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Telegraph suggest that Arsene Wenger, the Gunners manager, may now have been deterred from making a bid for his signature following the news that the 25-year-old will be sidelined for some weeks.

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Wenger was said to have sent scouts to watch the Poland international’s performance against Barca earlier this week, and were considering meeting his release-clause of £21.26m.

Francis Coquelin is currently Arsenal’s first-choice holding midfielder, as Mikel Arteta is still returning to full fitness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Mathieu Flamini is set to leave north London this month.

Wenger may need more options in this position, as the 2-0 loss to West Ham United proved.

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