Squad no.4 assigned: Steven Nzonzi is a Gunner

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As per a report from Spanish outlet El Confidencial this evening, Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi’s father has informed the Andalusian club that his son is fully intent on departing the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium this summer.

 Midfield powerhouse

N’Zonzi, a deep-lying midfielder equally adept either with the ball at his feet or at breaking up the attacks of opposing sides, has established himself has one of the finest midfielders in La Liga over the last couple of seasons, leading to intense links with the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Arsenal last summer.

However, in the end, no club was willing to meet the 29-year-old’s release clause, despite N’Zonzi himself having reportedly been keen on a departure.

Standout

This past season has since proven to be a peculiar one for the former Blackburn and Stoke man, with a major fallout between he and former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo in November having seen N’Zonzi dropped from the club’s first-team for 6 weeks.

Despite heavy reports that he had likely played his final game for the club, though, N’Zonzi managed to work his way back into contention at Sevilla, with the powerful midfielder’s performances over the second-half of the season having been absolutely exemplary.

In fact, so impressive was the 29-year-old, that he managed to earn a place in France’s World Cup squad, ahead of the likes of PSG star Adrien Rabiot and more.

Emirates bound?

Unsurprisingly, N’Zonzi’s stellar recent form has seen the Les Bleus’ star inevitably linked with a La Liga departure once again this summer, with Arsenal having been touted as a potential destination once more.

And, as per the aforementioned report from El Confidencial, N’Zonzi’s father, who also happens to be his agent, informed Sevilla director of football Joaquín Caparrós last week that his son has set his sights firmly on a move away from Andalusia over the coming months.

The report states that, at 29, N’Zonzi is keen to make one more high-profile transfer while he still has the opportunity.

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