Arsenal Poised for La Liga Midfielder Raid

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to return to his old stomping ground Sevilla for his first major signing, claims the Daily Mirror.

The newly-appointed Gunners boss is keen to bring 29-year-old Steven N’Zonzi to the Emirates as part of his overhaul of the Arsenal midfield.

N’Zonzi, formerly with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, was heavily linked with the Gunners during the January transfer window but despite rumours of talks, remained with the La Liga outfit.

It is claimed the Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat wasn’t convinced by the France international and he prefers Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.

However, the personal intervention of Emery, who was in charge at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan when N’Zonzi arrived in a £8m transfer in 2015, persuaded the German to relent.

For fans, it is a signal that the new management structure works and that stats are not the sole reason for signing players, as well as emphasising that the final word on transfers remains with Emery.

The midfielder was a pivotal member of the Sevilla squad which reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in sixty years. That form took him into France’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup finals.