Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Reportedly Chasing La Liga Star

Grzegorz Krychowiak is a reported Arsenal transfer target
Grzegorz Krychowiak of Poland and Sevilla at the National Stadium in Warsaw, October 11, 2015. Krychowiak is reportedly interesting both Arsenal and Manchester City. Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Arsenal's lack of steel in midfield was evident in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday once Francis Coquelin was sent off.

The Frenchman's deliberate handball and then a badly timed challenge on Tottenham striker Harry Kane meant Arsenal had to play with ten men for the final half hour of the game.

Tottenham scored twice soon after, with Arsenal rescued only by Alexis Sanchez's 76th-minute equalizer.

But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be about to remedy one of his team's glaring shortcomings.

The Sun reports that Wenger is engaged in a battle with Manchester City to bring Grzegorz Krychowiak to Emirates Stadium to bolster his team's oft-criticised lack of physicality.

Poland midfielder Krychowiak's rise has been rapid. He was playing at Stade de Reims in the second division of French football as recently as 2011, before a move to Sevilla and La Liga in 2014.

And his status has continued to grow. Krychowiak, Playboy's best-dressed Pole for 2015, scored Sevilla's first goal in the 2015 UEFA Europa League final against Dnipro, the Ukrainian side, and has performed a vital defensive role in the Andalusians' midfield this season.

Wenger may have competition, though, for Krychowiak's signature. Pep Guardiola is understood to be an admirer of the player, and will be looking to make his own, distinctive mark on the Manchester City team when he takes over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.

Arsenal would probably struggle to compete with City should the proposed transfer come down to a simple equation of fee and wages.

But the lure of regular first-team football might be enough to sway the balance in Wenger's favor, with City's squad already loaded with stars, including several who play in the 26-year-old's position.

Perhaps the greatest challenge in convincing Krychowiak to come to England, however, may be the weather.

Krychowiak joked in November that the cold and rain would put him off a transfer to the country.

"England? The weather is very bad there," he said when quizzed on a potential move, which does not bode well for that modern English footballing trope: how would he perform on a cold, wet Tuesday night in Stoke?