The ex-Stoke midfielder Steven N’Zonzi was very heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in January after a very public falling out with his coach at Sevilla, and many Arsenal fans thought that he would be the perfect addition that the Gunners needed to give some protection to our out-of-form defenders.
Our desperate need for a true DM is well documented and it was even suggested that we had made a bid that was refused by Sevilla, but it looks like we could go back to try again this summer. It would appear to be even more likely when you consider that it was Emery that took N’Zonzi to Sevilla in the first place, where they won a Europa League trophy together. Now the French international has admitted publicly that he would like to move to a ‘bigger club’ than Sevilla. He told reporters at the World Cup: “I am feeling very good at Seville but they are not the biggest club in Europe,”
“Playing with high profile players in a big team could be a good progression for me. We all know that the transfer window is open but we don’t talk about it that much.
“There is a big tournament coming up and changing teams is not the main worry in the group.”
Also, in an in-depth interview about his tactical preferences, Emery admitted that his favourite formation was 4-1-4-1 and for that to work he would need the tough-tackling midfield general as the link between defence and midfield, and who can do that better than N’Zonzi, who has done the job for Emery before?
Right now we are currently recruiting highly experienced winners to get us back into the Top Four so N’Zonzi’s age shouldn’t be a problem. No one can deny that we desperately need someone like him so why shouldn’t we go for the man with extensive Premier League experience?