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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi for quite some time now and if latest reports are to be believed, the Gunners might have even agreed on a transfer with the Spanish club. We are yet to receive an official confirmation but if this does happen, it will be a massive statement of intent while also acting as a valuable addition to the existing Gunners’ squad. Arsene Wenger’s men have had mixed fortunes so far this season and the N’Zonzi could truly boost their chances for the remaining half of the campaign.
N’Zonzi has been crucial to Sevilla’s success in the La Liga so far. Currently sitting just 3 points behind defending champions Real Madrid, the Spanish club look strong enough to harbour hopes of a higher finish. The loss of N’Zonzi will come as a blow but it would also provide them with a considerable amount of funds to procure replacements.
At the age of 28, N’Zonzi has enjoyed a couple of good seasons at Sevilla and even helped them win trophies. His credentials make him seem like a good buy and Wenger must definitely make a move for him.
Arsenal were unstoppable when Patrick Vieira was a part of the club and there are several reasons that suggest N’Zonzi could make an attempt at being as influential as the former Gunners player. The £27m rated midfielder’s defensive discipline will come as a massive advantage to Arsenal – a club that has already shipped more than 20 goals this season.
They are still one point away from moving into the Champions League spot and they need to arrest the number of goals they have been conceding. N’Zonzi could help them with that. He is physically imposing and is an impressive holding midfielder, who can truly make a better impact than Granit Xhaka.
Moreover, Arsenal do not have too many players that are willing to get down and do the nasty work. Standing at over 6 feet, N’Zonzi has proven to be a player that embraces the physical side of the game time and again. Playing clean football is important but we all know that in certain situations, being ugly is necessary to win games. Even in this case, N’Zonzi does seem a lot like Vieira.
A move for N’Zonzi could prove to be the missing piece of Arsenal’s puzzle. The season has a long way to go still and the Gunners can easily target a top 3 finish if they secure the towering Frenchman’s signature.