There are some things that refuse to go away.
Wasps in the summer.
That ex-partner who you still wonder why you got mixed up with in the first place.
You can add another to that list.
Steven N’Zonzi rumours.
We’ve been linked with the French midfielder for what seems like an age - and before we signed Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria, the link did ring true to a degree.
Emery was looking for steel in midfield, and N’Zonzi brings it, but with a cultured passing ability to match too. The Sevilla man was a reported Arsenal target from way back in his Blackburn days, and with us having needed a decent DM for an age, all the arrows pointed toward yes.
With the arrival of our Uruguayan however, this should have put an end to these rumours, but they still refuse to die a death, and in the last two days, have even intensified.
This begs the question - is this a case of no smoke without fire? Or is it newspapers scrabbling for a story?
N’Zonzi is currently in his peak years, and will not vastly improve from where he is now. A combative midfielder who would fit seamlessly into our plans, he would be a perfect addition for the present day, and having prior experience of the Premier League is a huge bonus too.
With Torreira, Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka and now Chambers all viable options for the centre of midfield though, would N’Zonzi even get a look in? Perhaps if he could get snapped up for a bargain fee then this could make sense for cover purposes - but having been part of the victorious French squad, his value will go nowhere but skyward.
This rumour seems very much fabricated to fit a purpose for journalists who are now realising they need stories to fill a three week football void.
Emery has coached N’Zonzi and could well have his sights set on the player, but in terms of where our squad is, unless he sells someone, then this doesn’t look at all likely.
We have all been very wrong before though, and the transfer market is infamously hard to predict.
We could all wake up tomorrow and be greeted by images of N’Zonzi at London Colney,, but until that happens, this story can be consigned to the back of your mind.
If anything changes, keep your eyes peeled on The Arsenal Review.