While the focus of the football world may be elsewhere right now, especially in England, Arsenal have their sights firmly set on making the most of the summer transfer window. To them, it doesn’t really matter whether or not the Three Lions progress into the final of the World Cup tonight, because their biggest priority associated with that team will be whether or not Danny Welbeck will be returning to the Emirates as a fully fit forward ahead of the new season.
The Gunners want to be able to say that they’ve set their priorities straight and have delivered on the promises made to the fans, and right now, they can say that with some confidence. The latest rumour that has been kickstarted is all about another midfielder, with Unai Emery supposedly aiming to load the deck in the middle of the park. The man in question is Steven N’Zonzi, and he’s hardly a stranger to English football.
N’Zonzi, 29, spent a few years of his youth with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City before eventually making a name for himself over in Spain with Sevilla. The midfielder is still in his prime and has a long time left at the top in this game, especially if he can produce the kind of performances that he did against Belgium in France’s World Cup semi-final last night.
N’Zonzi made a few key passes and clearances after coming on in the second half, helping to establish Les Bleus’ lead as they reached the WC final for only the third time in the history of the tournament. Steven proved why he’s such a hot commodity and why more teams should be keeping an eye on him, and moving forward, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a few other notable European clubs taking a look at him prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
The main source of interest will continue to be on the start of the season itself as opposed to who Arsenal brings in, but it’ll be intriguing to see whether or not Emery shifts his focus back to the defence or considers adding a young attacker into the mix. He doesn’t necessarily need to do so, but there’s always that temptation during your first full season in charge of a new club.
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