Posted on Monday, 21st May 2012 by Tony Merakli
With Blackburn being confined to The Championship next season, should Arsenal rekindle their interest in Steven N’Zonzi?
The Gunners were reportedly keen on a move for the French midfielder in the summer and following Blackburn’s relegation last week from the Premier League, surely, if they are indeed interested in the 23-year-old, the north London club will/should step up their pursuit?
But would it be a wise move for the club?
Well this, in my view, depends on the fitness of our current midfielders, as well as who departs from this area of our squad in the upcoming transfer window.
For me, the likes of Denilson and Abou Diaby should be sold; they’ve had their chance and haven’t taken them. This would leave us with Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Alex Song, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Frimpong and, if we sign him on a permanent deal, Yossi Benayoun to compete for a place in the starting line-up.
Many will agree with me that another midfielder needs to be brought in, what type is up for debate. Some want a defensive-minded one to come in, whilst others want a creative maestro to help out up front. Personally, I would like the latter option to ensue, as we already have Arteta, Wilshere and Song sitting in front of the defence. However, if Arsene Wenger decides to play either one of the abovementioned three further forward, like Song for instance, then a holding midfielder would be the way to go, and I think N’Zonzi would be the sensible move to take.
Blackburn will be looking to cut their wage bill, having being dumped into the Championship, and the club will not stand in N’Zonzi’s way if their valuation is met. He still has three years left on his existing contract, but his valuation would’ve decreased and the player will more than likely demand a move away from Ewood Park this summer.
Yann M’Vila has been linked with a move to our club, but, according Wenger, we are nowhere near sealing a deal for the Rennes midfielder. So maybe Arsenal should rekindle their interest in N’Zonzi this summer.
But they will have to move quickly as Chelsea, Tottenham Liverpool, Newcastle, Everton, Sunderland and Fulham are all said to be chasing the French midfielder, with some of them said to have already contacted N’Zonzi’s representatives over a potential summer move.
N’Zonzi has the ability and technique to succeed and under the tutelage of Wenger, as well as the use of our training facilities, the Frenchman could potentially become a superb player for us.
If the price is right then Arsenal should look to sign the Blackburn midfielder.
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