Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the new era at their football club following the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor last month.
68-year-old Wenger left his role as Gunners boss at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the club, in which time he led them to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup triumphs. However, the last few years have been a struggle for the North London heavyweights, to the point that former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain chief Emery will inherit a team that finished sixth in the Premier League this season, a stunning 37 points adrift of champions Manchester City.
Nonetheless, there are many optimistic and expectant Arsenal fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from target Steven N’Zonzi, who has stated that he’d like to join a ‘big team’ this summer.
And new Arsenal boss Emery simply must seek to add the £27 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) to his Gunners squad this summer, as doing so could go some way to finally solving a long-standing problem in the middle of the park.
Ultimately, many of our resident Arsenal supporters feel that the club have lacked a top-quality central midfielder for some time now, the sort that can impose themselves physically on proceedings and offer the adequate protection to the backline.
Yes, the defensive unit itself hasn’t always been watertight in the last few years, but they certainly haven’t been helped by those just in front of them, with Granit Xhaka clearly possessing ability on the ball, but lacking the quality and discipline off it.
As such, it’s an area of the team which certainly needs addressing by Emery this summer, and he could do a lot worse than bring N’Zonzi back to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old will perhaps be best known to English football fans for his stints at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, but it has been since he left the bet365 Stadium where he has taken it to another level at Sevilla, helping them win the Europa League back in 2016.
And with 136 appearances for the Spanish side since his move there back in 2015, he’s clearly a hugely integral part of things at the La Liga outfit, although their failure to qualify for the Champions League is unlikely to aid their cause in trying to keep him.
And after enjoying a fine season under Emery at Sevilla back in 2015/16, and Arsenal evidently in need of greater midfield strength and industry in the middle of the park, a reunion with the Spaniard at the Emirates Stadium would surely be of interest to both the player and indeed the club.
In fact, landing the France international could go some way to solving the evident problem in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!