Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are glad the wait to appoint a new manager is over as Arsene Wenger’s successor was finally revealed.
The Gunners have appointed former PSG boss Unai Emery to replace Wenger which will disappoint Mikel Arteta who was the favourite to take the reins. Emery won four trophies during his time in Paris and also guided Sevilla to three consecutive Europa League crowns. Our punters are torn, as some are glad that an experienced manager has been given the job while others would have preferred to see a young, enthusiastic coach like Arteta given a chance to impress.
Emery’s work starts immediately with the transfer window officially open as he looks to transform his squad. One man who he should target is Sevilla dynamo – Steven N’Zonzi. The 46-year-old is a huge fan of the defensive midfielder and brought him to Spain from Stoke back in 2015. Don’t be surprised to see him target the Frenchman once again.
N’Zonzi quickly developed into a key player under Emery and the 29-year-old is just what Arsenal needs. A tall, strong midfield general who is capable of breaking up the opposition attacks and allowing the creative players to flourish. He has made 27 La Liga appearances this season with his market value increasing to £27m according to Transfermarkt.
The arrival of N’Zonzi could spell the end to Granit Xhaka’s Arsenal career who has failed to impress since his move from Borussia Monchengladbach. According to Squawka, N’Zonzi has made more blocks, interceptions and won more aerial duels per 90 minutes than the Swiss international. He has also retained a higher pass success rate.
He is the midfielder that Arsenal have been crying out for.
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