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Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants reunion with former midfielder this summer

Gunners chief signed the former Blackburn and Stoke star for Sevilla in 2015

ARSENAL boss Unai Emery is hoping to reunite with Steven N’Zonzi at the Emirates this summer.

The 46-year-old is a long-term admirer of the France international after he signed him for Sevilla in 2015.

Steven N’Zonzi signed a four-year deal with Sevilla in 2015

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Steven N’Zonzi signed a four-year deal with Sevilla in 2015

Emery had to persuade the club’s board to push ahead with deal for the France international.


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The former Blackburn Rovers star has been linked to the Gunners in recent years, but a deal has never materialised.

N’Zonzi played under the management of the 46-year-old at Sevilla for one season before Emery left to join Paris Saint-Germain.

He is keen to bring N’Zonzi to England, but Spanish sources suggest that several clubs are scrambling for his signature.

Unai Emery is hoping to make the midfielder one of his first signings for Arsenal

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Unai Emery is hoping to make the midfielder one of his first signings for Arsenal

After kicking off his career for Amiens, N’Zonzi joined Blackburn and then switched to Stoke for £4.4million in 2012.


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He was then snapped up by Emery in 2015 for £8million, where he has since cemented his spot in the first team.

New Sevilla boss Pablo Machin has insisted that the 29-year-old will remain with the La Liga side next season.

He said: “I think he has been here for many years and rumours have always been heard.

Steven Nzonzi was named in the France World Cup squad

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Steven Nzonzi was named in the France World Cup squad

“It’s clear that he is an excellent footballer and what I want is to get the most out of him.

“I trust that he can continue being a Sevilla player until the end of his contract [until 2019].”

The Gunners are also chasing Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, with the club said to be ‘continuous contact’.

And Emery is expected to hold crunch talks with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere this week.

Steven Nzonzi was signed by Unai Emery for £8m in 2015

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Steven Nzonzi was signed by Unai Emery for £8m in 2015

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