According to the Metro, Arsenal are interested in signing Sevilla’s defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The 28-year-old has reportedly travelled to London with speculation rife that he could be returning to the English top-flight in January.
N’Zonzi first appeared in English football under Everton boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn. Reports suggest that the Toffees may well be interested in signing the midfield enforcer.
Impressed in Sevilla
N’Zonzi impressed during his time in the heart of the Blackburn midfield and moved on to Stoke City. However, the defensive midfielder enjoyed an underwhelming three years in the Potteries.
However, since his switch to Sevilla N’Zonzi has been back to his best. In fact, some claim he has been the Spanish teams best player in recent years. Despite good form in Spain, N’Zonzi reportedly fell out with boss Eduardo Berizzo during the Andalucian’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.
The Metro report claims that N’Zonzi stormed out of the stadium and then missed training the following day. The latest reports suggest that the midfielder has caught a fly to London.
N’Zonzi has a release clause of £35million in Sevilla contract, so the Spanish club would be virtually powerless to stop him from leaving.
Could be an ideal addition
Earlier in his career, people compared N’Zonzi to Arsenal great Patrick Vieira because of his the physicality of his game and his athleticism.
Although N’Zonzi is not quite in Vieira’s league, he may just be the tough-tackling midfielder Arsenal have needed in recent years. Swiss star Granit Xhaka arrived at the club in the summer of 2016 with a big reputation.
However, he has struggled to live up to expectations. Xhaka is no doubt a decent player, but his presence in the team has not necessarily been of much benefit to the Gunners sometimes vulnerable backline.
N’Zonzi is maybe a good alternative to the Swiss star. The midfielder knows the Premier League and he has matured into a fine defensive midfielder in Spain.
Maybe in some tougher games, the Gunners could play Xhaka and N’Zonzi as they did with Francis Coquelin and Xhaka last season at times.
For me, Steven N’Zonzi could prove to be a very good signing, even at £35million. In fact, in today’s crazy market prices the Frenchman could turn out to be a bargain buy.
If the midfielder does become available, I suspect the Gunners will have more competition than just Everton to sign the French midfielder.
Would Steven N’Zonzi be a good signing for Arsenal?