Steven N’Zonzi getting closer to Arsenal switch

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Steven N’Zonzi is moving ever closer to a return to the Premier League.

The former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City midfielder is edging nearer a re-union with former boss Unai Emery at Arsenal.

The 29-year-old played under the new Arsenal head coach at Sevilla. He was brought in at the beginning of the 2015-16 season and gradually played his way into Emery’s starting eleven.

He was known as a bit of a tough-tackling bruiser in Tony Pulis’ Stoke City era but has developed a calm and composed side in Andalusia.

Arsenal have been looking for a player with these attributes for some time now.

Former boss Arsene Wenger was reluctant to bring in a brutish defensive-midfielder, preferring to keep faith with the likes of Denilson and Francis Coquelin down the years.

However, under Emery it looks as though there may be a shift in culture.

The North London club have been heavily linked with Marouane Fellaini recently. This goes to show Emery’s influence has already begun.

N’Zonzi is now 2/1 to join the Gunners as is Manchester United’s Fellaini.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though Unai Emery has identified his midfield as a weak point, and we reckon he could call on in a familiar face in N’Zonzi to tighten things up in the middle.”

There will be a hive of activity around the Emirates this summer and N’Zonzi could be one of the next through the door.

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

Steven N’Zonzi to join Arsenal this summer – 2/1

Marouane Fellaini to join Arsenal this summer – 2/1

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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