As per a report from French outlet Paris United, Mikel Arteta was the man behind Arsenal’s decision to back out of a deal for PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa.
Kurzawa, a 27-year-old left-back, has been on the books at the Parc des Princes since 2015, when he made the move to Paris from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.
The seasons since, though, have seen the stopper drift in and out of the starting XI of PSG.
He has never managed starts in more than half of the capital giants league outings over the course of a campaign, with Kurzawa’s most fruitful season in terms of time on the pitch having come in 2017/18.
The arrival of Juan Bernat, however, has since seen the French international pushed further down the defensive pecking order of Thomas Tuchel, with his game-time having dwindled further of late as a result.
To this point in the current campaign, Kurzawa has managed just 6 Ligue 1 starts.
As such, it has come as little surprise to see the out-of-favour stopper linked with a potential PSG departure this month.
One of a number of clubs to have been tipped as a potential landing spot for Kurzawa, meanwhile, have been Premier League giants Arsenal.
In fact, at one point, the Gunners looked the outright front-runners to secure his signature, having been locked in ‘advanced talks’ to seal a cut-price/potentially free deal:
Arsenal in advanced talks to sign PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa. Negotiating today over deal for this window. Free agent in summer so trying to do it now without fee. #AFC working on 3-4 loan / free / low fee deals (doesn’t mean will do all) @TheAthleticUK: https://t.co/OmzZiA5Ije
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 16, 2020
The last couple of weeks, however, saw the Kurzawa to Arsenal track go icy cold, amid subsequent reports that the Frenchman was in fact on the verge of joining Italian champions Juventus (a deal which has now also supposedly collapsed).
And, as outlined above, an insight into Kurzawa’s Emirates switch failing to come to fruition has since been provided.
According to French outlet Paris United, despite Gunners director Edu pushing hard to secure a deal, in the end, Mikel Arteta made clear that he did not want the struggling PSG man in his squad.
As a result, Arsenal pulled the plug on negotiations.
Layvin Kurzawa was in contact with Arsenal but despite Edu insisting, Mikel Arteta, the head coach, did not approve of signing the French left-back. [@parisunited6]
— Z (@ZRAFC) January 28, 2020