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Arsenal linked with renewed interest in Roma midfielder 0

Posted on April 13, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could renew their interest in Roma central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi this summer. The 30-year-old star has been linked with moves to North London on a number of occasions in recent years.

Unai Emery’s presence at Arsenal has no doubt fanned the flames of the move. The experienced midfielder enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his career under the Spaniard in Andalucia at Sevilla.

Could be available for a cut-price fee

N’Zonzi moved to Roma for a fee of around £25million from Sevilla. The Frenchman has struggled to find his best form in the Italian capital, with reports from Italy suggesting he could leave for a fee of around £19million.

Monchi speaks on rejecting Arsenal 0

Posted on March 18, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following the departure of head of recruitment Sven Mislintat from the club, Arsenal had their sights set on former AS Roma sporting director Monchi and intended to bring him in as a technical director. Reports went as far as to claim Monchi had been directly offered the job, but following a short period of consideration, he opted to go back to Sevilla.

Monchi had spent 17 years there before he joined Roma, and won 11 trophies with the La Liga side, including three Europa Leagues alongside current Arsenal manager Unai Emery. At the presentation in Seville, he spoke about the reasons for his choice.

Overmars back in contention as Monchi chooses Sevilla 0

Posted on March 16, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been dealt a heavy blow in their pursuit of former AS Roma sporting director Monchi. According to the Mirror, the Spaniard has rejected the advances from the Gunners and chosen to return to Sevilla.

Arsenal have been looking to reshape the management of the club following the departure of head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, which in turn followed the departure of former CEO Ivan Gazidis. Monchi was their primary target for the role of technical director, but having worked there for 17 years, some of which included working with Unai Emery, he has decided to go back to Spain.

Arsenal linked with a move for Monchi 0

Posted on March 16, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal set to offer former Roma sporting director Monchi a three-year contract worth £2.5million per week. The Spaniard left the club from Rome last week along with head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, as the Italian club look to revive their flagging fortunes.

The Metro report suggests that Arsenal face competition from Monchi’s former club Sevilla, where he worked so successfully with current Gunners boss Unai Emery.

One of the best in the business

Monchi is regarded as one of the best sporting directors/directors of football in the world game. The Spaniard is seen as the man behind Sevilla staying financial stable, while also being competitive on the pitch.

Arsenal offer Monchi technical director job 0

Posted on February 23, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to John Cross of the Mirror, Arsenal have offered the job of the technical director to Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, known to the football world under the name Monchi.

Having made 126 appearances for Sevilla as a goalkeeper, Monchi retired in 1999 and took up the director of football role with the La Liga club. During his 16 years there, he helped discover players like Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, Alberto Moreno, and Jose Antonio Reyes – who scored 23 goals in 110 during his three-year stint at Arsenal. The 50-year-old also worked up bargain deals for the likes of Adriano, Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitić, Seydou Keita and Federico Fazio, and he brought a fantastic level of stability at the club which established itself as one of the better sides in the Spanish top tier in that time. In April, 2017, he left Sevilla to join AS Roma in the same capacity.

Arsenal weighing up Ever Banega 0

Posted on February 18, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are interested in bringing in Ever Banega of Sevilla, according to the Mirror.

As the report claims, manager Unai Emery is a big fan of the Argentinian playmaker and he sees him as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who will be leaving the club after 11 years to join Juventus in the summer. Emery worked with Banega at two clubs, Sevilla and Valencia, so he certainly knows the traits of this particular player.

Neymar backs Unai Emery for success at Arsenal 0

Posted on November 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Brazil and PSG superstar Neymar has backed former boss Unai Emery to bring success to Arsenal. The Spaniard managed the forward in the French capital and has a high opinion of the former Valencia boss.

Emery will bring good things to Arsenal

Talking about Emery, Sky Sports quotes Neymar saying: “Arsenal are playing really good football, they are in great form,”

“Everybody knows he is a really great coach. We know about their quality. “I was really happy to work with him because he is a really hard-working guy, he really wants to coach us, he wants to study about football.

Arsenal v Vorskla Europa League Preview 0

Posted on September 19, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal kick-off their Europa League campaign on Monday night, as the Gunners welcome Ukrainian outfit Vorskla to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners head into this seasons competition with the added Europa League experience of boss Unai Emery. The Spaniard has, of course, won the trophy on three previous occasions with Sevilla.

Arsenal are relative novices in the Europa League in its current guises, as last season was their first in competition under its current name. The Gunners did make the semi-final of the competition last season, though, only to be eliminated by Champions League dropouts Atletico Madrid.

Unai Emery’s Europa League experience could be vital for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 18, 2018 by David Nugent

It is fair to say that Arsenal boss Unai Emery is pretty well acquainted with the Europa League, having won the competition on three occasions with Sevilla.

It is a competition that the Gunners will have to get accustomed to if the north London side cannot break back into the Premier League top four in the near future.

A useful competition

The competition is much maligned, as it is UEFA’s secondary European competition behind the much more high profile Champions League. Obviously, Arsenal wants to be in the Champions League and that is one of Emery primary aims, getting back into Europe’s elite competition.

Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best chance of a Champions League spot 0

Posted on August 31, 2018 by David Nugent

Later today, Arsenal will find out who they will play in the group stages of the Europa League. The Gunners will fancy their chances of winning Europe’s secondary competition this season after making it to the semi-finals last season.

Europa League experience

Although the Europa League is not as high profile as the Champions League, it is still a big trophy to win. The Gunners biggest achievement in the European game remains winning the Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1994.

However, the north London’s club trip to the last four of the competition last season means they now have experience of advancing to the latter stage of the competition.

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