The Gunners are said to be interested in a move to bring the former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City star back to the Premier League, with the France international having risen to another level during Emery’s time at the Spanish club.
Steven N’Zonzi: Man of the Match - #DEN vs #FRA— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 26, 2018
Aerial Duels Won 11
Key Passes 1
Full player statistics - https://t.co/N2YXtqmf9O #DENFRA #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/7mpW4SHBm4
According to the Daily Mail, N’Zonzi is once again keen on a fresh challenge away from Sevilla, where he has starred since making the move from Stoke in 2015 and has handed in a transfer request to force the issue.
N’Zonzi, who has made 90 domestic appearances for the La Liga side, is currently on international duty as part of Didier Deschamps’ France set-up in Russia, with his country having reached the quarter final stage where they will meet Uruguay on Friday.
Though the 29-year-old’s international commitments may put any developments in a transfer on hold until the end of France’s involvement in the tournament, that does not seem to have stopped N’Zonzi from taking decisive action regarding his club future.
Though it is said that Sampdoria star Lucas Torreira, who could line up against N’Zonzi for Uruguay on Friday, is set to add to Arsenal’s midfield ranks imminently, Emery is also said to be keen on a reunion with his former Sevilla midfield enforcer at the Emirates.
Arsenal have parted ways with Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin over the past six months, meaning that midfield reinforcements will inevitably be top of Emery’s agenda as he rebuilds a squad which can compete in the Premier League next term.
If Sven Mislintat can land Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira while he, Huss Fahmy and Raul Sanllehi can tie down Aaron Ramsey on a new contract then Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has an impressive squad to lead. Exciting times ahead pic.twitter.com/oqpyK75sdJ— Layth (@laythy29) July 2, 2018
N’Zonzi’s apparent will to secure a move away could make the midfielder an ideal candidate to step into the Gunners’ engine room, and the developments on his situation at Sevilla certainly seems to have raised excitement among Arsenal fans, although some are not convinced.
Here is a selection of their responses to the news on Twitter:
greatest news ever— sanka4 (@sanka04) 3 July 2018
Good news... His physical presence is always a plus. We I know we aren't getting him cos of Xhaka.— MR MIDE (@Hesmaxim) 3 July 2018
Would be good but I think both would stifle AMN chance to get minutes. Unless he gets loaned out.— Lord Adams (@tattooed1zombie) 3 July 2018
If we sign Torreira we don't need him, we need a attacking midfielder more than him— ayan (@ayanroy10) 3 July 2018
Emery loves Torreira....Emery loves pavon....Emery loves Nzonzi.....Emery loves Gomes.....Emery loves Banega.....Emery loves everybody!!!!! Nonsense!— ADINO THE EZNITE! (@_Aikay_) July 4, 2018