• Arsenal’s two left-backs are currently out injured
• Kurzawa is out of contract in the summer

Arsenal are exploring the possibility of a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster a defence ravaged by injury. Contact has been made between the two clubs and, although the Guardian understands a deal remains some way off, Kurzawa is the leading candidate to fill what has become a problem position for Arsenal.

The move could be completed before the 31 January transfer deadline and would appeal for several reasons, one of which would be its potentially low cost given that the 27-year-old’s contract with the Ligue 1 champions expires in June.

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