Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak suffers broken rib against Barcelona in UEFA Super Cup
Even being linked with Arsenal these days could lead you straight to spend time in a hospital. Such is the state of Sevilla midfielder, Grzegorz Krychowiak, report ESPN.
The Polish international, who put in quite the shift against Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup, is expected to be out for 'some amount of time' depending on his "pain threshold."
The midfielder has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium for a while and even more so recently given Arsenal's shock opening weekend loss to West Ham United.
With Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, sending scouts to watch and report back on the midfielder at the UEFA Super Cup fixture between Barcelona and Sevilla. the midfielder could make the move to London if the Gunners trigger the €30 million release clause.
A statement on Sevilla's official website read: "The Pole's return to training will depend on his pain threshold.
"The team put in a titanic effort on Tuesday, Krychowiak even ending the game bandaged with a broken rib."
Krychowiak is a tough-tackling, almost old-school, midfield marshall reading and destroying attacks even before they're in full flow. While he's been a main stay in the Sevilla starting eleven, his early football career involved playing across many French teams and that too, inconsistently.
The 6ft 1in midfielder moved to Bordeaux as a 16-year-old in 2007 but made his proffesional debut at Reims – who were at the third tier of French football at the time – having made a loan move there for the following two seasons.
He imposed his style and grew in stature at the Stade Auguste Delaune and eventually helped them gain promotion to Ligue 2 after which he was recalled back to his home club at the start of the 2011/12 season. But after just two appearances for Bordeaux, he was sent back down Ligue 2, this time as a loanee to Nantes.
Reims then releaved him of his spell at Bordeaux by signing him permanently where he went on to make 35 league appearances scoring four goals. This one consistent season in the French top tier caught the attention of Sevilla who bought him for a modest £4m.
Nicknamed 'Le Bucheron' a la The Woodcutter, Krychowiak helped Sevilla retain the Europa League title and thus gain the attention of some of the game's top teams – Arsenal, especially.
If Krychowiak does make the move to the Emirates, he'll provide much needed competition to Francis Coquelin given Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are being slowly phased out. Coquelin was amongst the finds of the season last year and helped Arsenal retain the FA Cup and the Community Shield but his shortcomings were cleae to see against West Ham and some competiton to should do the Frenchman a tonne of good.
Let's just hope Krychowiak arrives for it'll not just help Arsenal to potentially challenge for the title but it'll help the Premiership as a whole given his immense talent.