Arsenal have apparently opened the talks with Sevilla over the possibility of Steven N’Zonzi moving to North London, Sky Sports have reported as per their own sources.
N’Zonzi began his professional career in the French League 2 with Amiens in 2007. After spending two years there, he moved to England where he played three seasons apiece with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City. In 2015 he was spotted and taken to Spain by the Sevilla manager at the time – Unai Emery. They worked together for a year before Emery made the switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
Now at helm at Arsenal, Emery seems keen on a reunion with the player he knows so well, and surely knows how to get the best out of him.
N’Zonzi was an important pillar in the midfield of a Stoke team that played very decent football, the team that, for example, thrashed Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool 6-1 in the last round of the 2014/15 Premier League season.
With his 6’6” frame, the physicality of the English game has never been a problem for the occasional France international, and the six years spent with Blackburn and Stoke represent significant experience that would be crucial should he play at Arsenal in 2018/19. Naturally, he’s very strong in the air, boasts a nice balance of power and skill and he’s extremely mobile for his frame. That, coupled with a pronounced ability to read the game as well as very good passing, makes him a formidable defensive midfielder.
Meanwhile, it’s hard not to wonder what this move means in terms of the club’s interest in Lucas Torreira. A player of different attributes for sure, but playing the same position. Would there be enough room in the squad for both of them to be given enough game-time to fulfil their hunger?
Possibly, given the fact that Arsenal will still be playing in no less than four competitions, but the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny should also be kept in mind. Torreira’s exploits at the World Cup have come to an end after Uruguay suffered a 2-0 defeat to France on Saturday, and whatever is in store for his future is likely to pick up pace in resolving in the next few days.
What happens – we’re set to find out in the next month or so.