According to several reports in the last few days, Arsenal have apparently agreed a deal to sign to Lukas Podolski from Cologne and have joined the rather large queue to sign his Germany team-mate Mario Gotze.
However, the Daily Mail are also reporting that Blackburn’s Steven Nzonzi is high up on Arsene Wenger’s list of transfer targets.
Nzonzi has been linked with the North Londoners before. He uses the ball well and is solid defensive midfielder, but I’m not sure whether Arsenal really need him.
They have got Alex Song, and at times Mikel Arteta, doing a good job in the defensive midfield role. They also have Emmanuel Frimpong, who looks like a very good prospect, to come back from injury, as well as the promising Francis Coquelin.
Arsene Wenger has plenty of options in the central or defensive midfield roles. Its’s further up the pitch where he might be looking to strengthen. Arsenal need added competition in the forward roles, in order to motivate, and get the best out of the likes of Theo Walcott and Gervinho.
Decent cover (or perhaps a replacement) for Robin Van Persie must also be a priority.
Where Podolski and Gotze are probably realistic targets for Arsenal, Nzonzi is perhaps more a case of Arsenal being linked with everyone at the moment.
As I said, Arsenal have been linked with the 23-year-old before, and I do think he is a good player. And Arsenal could probably get Nzonzi relatively cheaply, especially if Blackburn get relegated, but whether he is ready to play in Europe is another matter.
It is not totally out of the question, I just believe that if Arsenal do sign Nzonzi it will only be as back up, or because Wenger thinks his youngsters are not up to the task of first-team football.
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