There was the rumour yesterday that Steven N’Zonzi was on his way to London to “discuss his future” with Arsenal. This was of course denied by the player himself when asked, and saying he was here just to see his son, but of course he is not going to reveal any transfer discussions publicly is he?
But the French midfielder did reveal that he would be leaving Sevilla as his career there was definitely over since his bust up with the coach Eduardo Berizzo. N’Zonzi said: ‘The coach pointed the finger at me [at half-time of the Liverpool game]. I will not repeat it… but his words affected me,’
‘Publicly, he said in future he would only select players who fit his vision for football. What does that mean?
‘Whether in a 4-3-3, 3-5-2 or any other formation, a player must adapt to what his coach demands and I have always done it.
‘The fact I was always professional despite the circumstances, that I always did my job, I found it unfair.
‘My future is clearly away from Seville. The only thing that disappoints me is the way it has ended.’
So he is definitely leaving, and just the fact that his son is in London would give you a hint of where he would like to play next. His connection with Sam Allardyce makes the papers say that the hardman is likely to be favourites to join him at Everton, but the fact is that Arsenal need a tough defensive midfielder as much as Everton do right now, and surely we could afford to pay him better.
The reports are saying that Sevilla have a £35.2million buyout clause in his contract, but will surely let him go for less considering the circumstances. Should Arsenal just cough up £30million and get him in quickly?