Have Arsenal agreed deal with Zambian player ? plus video

There are lots of rumours flying about suggesting that Arsenal will soon announce a new player, the Zambian international Stoppila Sunzu. It’s a great name for a defender, and he is believed to be a star of the future in his country. According to reports from Zambia, the owner of his current club, TP Mazembe, has told the rest of the team that Sunzu has played his last game for them and is off to the Premier league.

The 23-year old began as a striker before moving back as a defensive midfielder. He has also played a lot as a centre back for club and country. Sunzu has 32 international caps for Zambia, and three goals. He scored the penalty that won Zambia the African Cup of Nations against the Ivory Coast at the start of the year.

The young player had been linked with Premier league Reading, but it now seems that Arsenal will be his next club. Could this be another one of Wenger’s `finds`? Sunzu is thought to be arranging visa issues, then attending an awards ceremony where he has been nominated as the best player playing in Africa, before heading to England to finalise the deal. Check out his profile on youtube below.

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74 thoughts on “Have Arsenal agreed deal with Zambian player ? plus video

  1. GOONERGETYA

    No more no hopers !!!!!!!!! We need quality !!!!!!!! Buying these type of players has got us in the mess we are in now

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  2. ayyyyyyyyyy

    this january transfer window will decide whether or not I watch the coming arsenal games.

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  3. GOONERGETYA

    Looking at the video this kid can head a ball and clear it up the pitch, Is that all you can find on him ??? for me that is no reason to say we should sign him !!!! look at all the rubbish we are trying to get out of the club, I am sure they all had so called good moments on video. Going on last weeks results we can even make a good video of some Barnsley players. Does that mean we should go and but 4 or 5 of there players ????

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  4. gooner

    ok guys you may tell me crazy but this dude HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL. He’s heading ability is phenomenal. Tell me crazy, i will be proved right

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  5. gooner

    @leo toby alderwield is class, i hope we do sign him, can play as CDM as he does good passes and shots, his ability to read the game is fantastic

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  6. Invincibles nice (1)

    Im sick the Africans let it be common knowledge, wait and see the teams that admit oh yeh we where looking at him and now were going to have a closer look, then when they know that Arsene is eager they will make a bid, the closer look that they where talking about where to see if Arsene is truly an admirer.

    Do your own scouting, f**k off and do one, yous know who yous are, che, liv, manc, spu, new, and recently eve, do your own leg work and stop hiring detectives over scouts.

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  7. fatboy

    @ ayyyyyyyyyyyy you can’t really call tour self an arsenal fan if your saying that can you regardless of who we will or will not buy a true fan will always be there for the club you sound so much like a city fan by saying that……… Regardless who or what happens I will watch and go to the games I ain’t a hide away arsenal fan I show my colours where and when ever I can after winning and after losing. Rant over true fans will understand

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  8. AremaniaGooners

    Uyeaaaah,, he looks like the BEAST that we need.
    With this player on pitch, we should be more threatening from set-piece that we lack of goals recently.

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  9. Lol123

    I Think Wenger should take a look at the belgium squad to find dm they have couple of class players at this position

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  10. sighburn

    this is good news as stopila sunzu is a solid player who can bring balance to this team as he can play defence and CDM. he has a good record as he has won almost everything from the local league to the african champions league to the african cup of nations. he may not be very known but if you talk of quality this guy is right up there.

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  11. OG12

    I still can’t see the video, am I the only 1? If so can anyone post a link to the youtube/site it’s from originally?

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  12. mr lean

    watch theo’s reaction to the questions he was asked by the sky reporter last night ref his future and he has a cheeky smile/grin i take this as a positive signs (i hope !!)

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  13. ken

    Not another unknown?
    Havent we had enough of Wengers signings?
    Players like Henry, Llunberg, Pieres, Vieria, Anelka, Fabregas, Petit, Wiltord, Gilberto, Na$$ri, RVPursy, Flamini, Ox, Wooly, Ramsey?

    or..Gevinho, Squid, Bedtner, Denilson, Djouro, Santos Chamak?

    Tkae your pick…me? In Arsene I trust!!!!

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  14. Gbenga

    Arsenal does a lot of stuff that does not make any sense. Like bringing in in mediocres and refusing to pay top players like RVP. Keeping Chamak and Arshavin that do not make any contribtion on the field makes no sence. Part of their salaries could have been recouped to give RVP a better offer. This Zambian guy? I don’t know. We need established pkayers not Work In Progress.

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  15. S.H

    @ayyyyyyy

    You call yourself a true Arsnal fan? So if the team does bad you won’t watch them? So you only support the team when they do well? We don’t need half empty/half full supporters here. Piss off to the Lane!

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  16. AFCEdwards

    Why are people criticizing this. Do you think that clubs like Chelsea and United only sign big names. This kind of thing happens all the time at every club. Youth players are bought in for next to nothing and developed. No doubt you were all annoyed when Gnabry and Eisfeld were signed but it they weren’t the marquee signings of the transfer window and I doubt this player will be either.

    A football club would not survive if it only bought first team players all the time, no matter how much money you have.

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  17. Henry

    Off topic I know but has anyone ever heard Stewart Robson say anything positive about The Arsenal? All he ever does is complain. Today he has been having a dig at Wenger (like normal) and also Theo. What is this bitter mans problem?

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  18. mr lean

    while i thing wenger has made a few tactical mistakes and played the wrong players (gervinho and ramsey)its the owner and the board we should vent most of our anger at not him

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  19. mr lean

    @henry, totally agree he seems to want to make his name by being anti everything Arsenal at the moment

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  20. Ayokuu

    @Solomon, you have a dirty head, Sunzu is a mile better than Tiote and he’s not played in premiership yet. I believe Wenger sees what we don’t see in players. This guy is going to make us proud.

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  21. Jay

    Sunzu is a class act period, a solid no nonsense defender and considered one of the best center back in Africa. This young lad had Drogba in his pocket all game in the final, had Andre Ayew in his pocket in the semis. He knows his job and does it well. This boy is amazing mark my words.

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  22. anock

    am zambian and i’ve been watching him…i think he’s good enough for arsenal!

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  23. Twig

    @Ayokuu “I believe Wenger sees what we don’t see in players.”. LoL, really? Like Chamakh, Denilson, Bendtner, Squillaci etc? Should I mention more?

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  24. Doc

    No problem with signing him as long as we sign another ready made box box midfielder. It will do him good to come in under less pressure.
    We still need to bringing in talented young players as well as a couple of pro’s

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  25. Nick

    Pass! Denilson was supposed to be another great for Brazil, Vela, Bendtner, etc

    Especially for defenders we need experienced players if we’re looking for immediate players for the team & back-up for the starting 11.

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  26. mojo

    Not happy with this … Nothing against him, but I am sick of African players heading of to the ACoN!! Just thinking of that tournament gets me in a bad mood! Totally disrupts our season and we are currently fighting for our lives to catch up ground on spurs… we need our players here, not buggering off for a month to to play in a competition that should be held in the summer.

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  27. ken

    Twig, branch out and think about the successful players or are you so anti Arsene you have a select memory?
    Henry, Pieres, Vieria, Petit, Llunberg, Wiltord, Analka, Fabregas, Flamini, Gilberto, Eduardo, Song, Podolski, Giroud, Verm, Kos, Ox, Walcott, Arteta…oh yea some little spaniard who was unbelievable last night.
    Twiigy you are a real plank mate!!!!

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  28. WalnutCreek Gunner

    I am Zambian and have watched this boy many times,he is an excellent reader of the game. He has contributed to what the Zambian national team is today, hard to crack! Can`t wait to see the boy in Arsenal colors.

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  29. WalnutCreek Gunner

    You could also ask Drogba about this boy Sunzu. The boy gave Drogba a hard time at the last Africa Cup of Nations.

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  30. juniorh

    GOONERGETYA says:
    No more no hopers !!!!!!!!! We need quality !!!!!!!! Buying these type of players has got us in the mess we are in now

    What TYPE players are you talking about? Black African players? These are the players that are causing Arsenal to be mediocre; not our White Europeans?

    I see.

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  31. jon

    Would he be just a back up CB because Djourou is about to leave? Or would he be DM? He seems like a good prospect.

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  32. villa123

    i can only say if he can push drogba.. he can give a hard to any player in epl. no defenders in epl could stop drogba physically but dis 23 years old lad made him look so ordinary.

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  33. Uche Edochie

    Guys relax. It is not as if this kid is about to replace vermalen, koscielny or metsesacker. He will be on the bench most times just like jenkinson. I think what wenger is trying to do is to get talent in the squad that is good enough to play but humble enough to warm the bench without complaints. No top defender will come to arsenal to play second fiddle to vermalen. That is why vertongen went to spurs. Besides, i watched that african cup of nation final and zambia was too good for ivory coast. Drogba, kolo toure and co were totally nullified by the zambians. Of course back then, i had no idea who this stoppilla guy was. But believe me when i say that zambia was so good that at times, i thought they were the african version of barcelona. So i see this kid having a big future with us just like jenkinson will. Thats not a bad thing. I also suspect this is wenger’s way of maximizing funds to bring in more than two top players.

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  34. Invincibles nice (1)

    @Goonergetya, selling all our finds has gotten us where we are now.

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  35. george

    Sunzu is quality!stop talking clap.who found his way thru him at afcon,even so kod big names.so mind your language and grow up

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  36. arsenalist

    I have seen this guy play on youtube, and what i have seen is very good, I see another Viera here, because i dont see him in defence unless we’re in trouble but he will be a better,diciplined Alex Song. Come on Arsene, get him, wth few sessions he will be to the arsenal standards, IN GENIOUS WENGER I ALWAYS TRUST….

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  37. Maurice

    Who was Koscielny before he joined Arsenal?
    This guy is a proven winner and young – perfect time to join Arsenal! Plays def midfield and center back..
    Beast!

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  38. WalnutCreek Gunner

    Juniorh, Can you have some class man,How many African players play for Arsenal? I guess you mad with your own domestic issues—-debt or something!

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  39. Joshua

    Look at these silly arsenal fans getting excited of a youtube video of him just headering a football chamakh did that and looked like ronaldo on youtube.

    Gervinho looked amazing on youtube aswell. We dont need to take anymore risks we need a proven defensive midfielder i.e Wanyama, ettiene capoue, luis gustavo or Diame.

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  40. Eosas

    @mojo
    Only reason u got these so called African players in the EPL rather than the the British ones is cos they are better, ain’t u one of those barking that Wenger get better players.
    Oh another thing, the reason they play the tournament at the time of the year(which should have been thought in elementary geography class by the way) is that there is no winter down there, at least not in most part of Africa. There are only the dry and rainy seasons. In West Africa and most part of Africa, the dry season(which is like summer here) is from around Oct-March; so u can see the tournament actually does takes place in what you would call summer but called the dry season down there.
    A bit better to actually know what we comment about, that’s what google is best for today. Just saying

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  41. Stan kroenke

    This guy is better than most Center backs in epl.. Just because you dont know him doesnt mean he is not good enough. He did it for ZAMBIA am sure he will do it again with arsenal

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  42. Vinandi

    Give the young boy a chance to prove his quility at arsenal his done a lot of good thing for both his country and club ask Drogba he will tel you who Sunzu is.

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  43. Thala

    He is a Better replacement for Djouru and Squid. He looks Decent and faster than the above two. we need a LB , CDM, Striker too.

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  44. Michael Musonda Jr

    He is a good centre back player and if he says keeping the defence,no one goes beyond him,Arsenal will always be smiling

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  45. KOJO

    He (SUNZU) is hot property right now in African Football. He is gooooood and strong and deserves a try-out. Arsene you being an economist matk my words you will make big money in 7 years time out of this player……remember LUCAS RADEBE – unknown when he came to the UK and how big a name he made for himself at LEEDS UTD. Arsene please get him — he is what we need big n strong and knows how to use his height unlike Mudsucker (6’6 but can’t win many headers)- this Zambian is not only strong in the air but quick on ground too.
    GO GET HIM ARSENE / ARSENAL – WE WILL REGRET IF WE DON’T AND SOMEONE ELSE GETS HIM.

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  46. GIROLSKI 129

    most of you talking how you are sick of singing player for youtube and you want players like “m villa” , “capoue” established player but how many of you wched a game where these two guys played ,,they play in f***** rennes and touluse and non of you are watching these clubs you only see these guys on youtubee and you thinking that they are good becouse of their price which is about 20 millions….stopilla is far better then they are ,,,just becouse he play in africa dosent mean that he is not good,,,IN WENGER WE TRUSTTTT

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  47. AFRICAN GOONER

    agree…..get him and prepare him for next season…..he looks good and sell off sqiddy,djourou,and other dry fish.
    i see this guy becoming a star….arsene get him now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. GUnner001

    If sunzu is really coming to Arsenal then what i can say is that Arsenal have made a fantastic signing. This player will be the next big thing in the premiership. I will not be surprised if other European clubs come for him in a year or two. He just needs a platform to prove himself. He has already proven himself in Africa. Most notable displays was his performance against Ghana and Ivorycoast at the Africa cup.Drogba,AndreAyew,sulley muntari Asamoah Gyan,could not find a way pass Stopilla Sunzu!
    However there are reports that Reading is also after his signature. Currently difficult to tell who he signs for.

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  49. Nanjayal

    Let me tell about Sunzu. I have watched the man play (full 90 minute games). The man can stop big strikers including the likes of demba Ba, Drogba and Yaya Toure. He can score goals too. Arsenal needs him.

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  50. Afsal

    Ok when wenger signed some random Kolo Toure from some blah blah blah cub from Ivory Coast,probably the same fans were writing him off,, Duh :P

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  51. APC

    hes very good reminds me of chris samba abit who we should of signed. hel be a good addition please sign Yanga-Mbiwa too if sagna goes. very solid defence it will be. add diame in and wow.

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  52. MellowGunner

    It’s not a hoax this is for real, check his name on Wikipedia if you’re not sure, but seriously, this guy is a total beast I watched him at afcon and nobody l, I mean NOBODY could get past him not even drogba + he can play cb and cdm. I don’t think he’s gonna be part of the first team though but he’s good I have in the squad as a back up cb seeing as djorou is almost certainly leaving

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  53. steve martin

    it looks like he will sign,i recon he will play defensive midfield

    i hope we also get toby alderweireld and push mert to the bench

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  54. Obbie

    This player is so good, calm and courageous. He will win the local African Footballer of the year award. Arsenal will be too solid with Stoppila in defence. That beast of a defender/midfielder.

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  55. Lloyd Erics

    Hey guys, i know the boy, he is good. He will surely take up Song’s place.

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