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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Linked With £6m Bid For Midfielder

Arsenal have been linked with a £6m bid for a giant midfield enforcer with Premier League experience. Find out who the mystery player is here on Football Talk.

With the summer transfer window almost open, we’ll keep you up to date with the latest transfer news. Today sees Arsenal linked with a £6m bid for a Blackburn Rovers midfielder.


Arsenal will make an opening bid of £6m for Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, if reports in the Mirror are to be believed.

The report claims that Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad this summer and add to the signing of Lukas Podolski. Midfield is believed to be an area of concern for Wenger and N’Zonzi is on a three-man wish-list that also includes Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao, and Rennes’ Yann M’Vila.

Both Martinez and M’Vila would cost a lot more than N’Zonzi, and the Mirror say that the Gunners have already made enquiries to Rovers regarding the giant midfielder. The 23-year-old impressed for Blackburn last season, despite their relegation from the Premier League, and his power and physical presence is understood to appeal to Wenger.

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The French under 21 international has three years remaining on his contract but is keen for a move back to the Premier League and Arsenal are ready to test Rovers resolve with a £6m bid.


At 6ft 4 inches, there is no doubt N’Zonzi would add a presence to Arsenal’s midfield that many say has been lacking in recent years and there will be the obvious comparisons made with Patrick Vieira, should he move to the Emirates.

I’d be a little underwhelmed if we got N’Zonzi after being strongly linked with the likes of M’Vila and Martinez, but who would be surprised if Arsene turned his attention away from those expensive targets in favour of the more economically friendly N’Zonzi?

Would you like to see N’Zonzi at Arsenal? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Bangladesh

    May 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Arsenal board are a joke, charging some of the highest season tickets in Europe and in return Arsenal fans have to watch players like Almunia, Bentdner, Denilson, Squillaci, Vela, Djourou, Ramsey. It’s obviously going to be 8 years without silverware. A top 4 club like us persuing cheap under £10mil players to keep fans satisfied. Well it’s not working. We want to see quality like Giroud, Vertonghen, M’Vila, Dempsey, Hoillet, Llorente, Belhanda etc
    That’s why we need Stan Kroenke OUT and Usmanov IN. Usmanov has promised he will provide all the funds needed to make Arsenal Champions League winners if he is granted a seat on the board. He won’t buy a whole team of 11 quality players, he will buy 1 or 2 world class players in the areas we lack quality in order to make Arsenal genuine title contenders next season.

    • p

      May 29, 2012 at 3:46 am

      5 of those players didnt even play for us last season and a few of them havent for a while now. We have high ticket prices because we have a wonderful stadium that we are paying up. If usmanov gets a seat on the board then it could spell disaster for us. I dont want to buy the league like City or chelsea. I want to win it the right way.

      • aj

        May 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        no arsenal fan want arsenal to win league the way city or chelsea did… what do u mean by the right way??? even im a die hard arsenal fan…. buying cheap players and letting world class players go…is that the right way of winning league???then those who spend money on world class players are asses(donkeys)….

        • aj

          May 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

          still…n’zonzi will be a good buy…

  2. Yua Kuhwa

    May 29, 2012 at 3:46 am

    I think it’s time now for Arsenal to invest in top quality players. Football is changing & the best thing to do is to adjust. I’ll prefer to see M’Villa or the Bilbao man who all have better football experiences than Nzonzi whom only has been playing in England. We would always fail when we dont plan well. Whenever we play in Europe, we meet tough challenges & yet we keep pampering & consoling ourselves. I think we’re not being serious. We also need fast players who can launch counter attacks & defend counter attacks. That has also been a major problem. We launch counter attacks but our players are not fast enough to defend counter attacks. These should all be the criteria behind signing players. Thanks

  3. remo

    May 29, 2012 at 4:05 am

    no plss…vpersie will definetly leave..

  4. Ayo

    May 29, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Wenger do a perfect deal on time don’t wait till another embarasing 8-0.

    • erm..

      May 29, 2012 at 11:44 am

      It was 8-2…

      • Esku

        May 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm


  5. ezefizzle

    May 29, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I really like arsenal that’s for sure but the fact we are not investing in the quality players.i hav being pissed off by that.let the people in authority at arsenal do the right thing at the right time so that we will feel among once more in england

  6. Elujoba eluwole

    May 29, 2012 at 6:54 am

    It really good for Wenger to make all d transfer fast now because after euro 2012 d players wil be very ,we need quality players pls Wenger.

  7. daniel

    May 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I think it would be great to sign n’zonzi for only 6m but I would also like to see m’villa at the club and dempsey and giroud will be more good signings then a CB I think vertoghon but he might move to tottenham.

  8. Simms AFC

    May 29, 2012 at 7:34 am

    For all you saying we built a nice stadium and have debts, i want you to please tell me any top club in Europe that is currently winning trophies that does not have debts? Amongst all the top clubs in England, we have the least debt and well managed. If our board can’t pay our top players big and sign big because we don’t have money, then the board executives should not be earning as much as they are earning. Arsenal Football club has turned an avenue for PHW, Gazidis and Kroenke to earn what they never believed that they will ever earn in their lives, meanwhile they are not concerned about what the primary objective should be. PHW+KROENKE+GAZIDIS— OUT, DAVID DEIN- IN ! PROBLEM SOLVED !

  9. prince

    May 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

    imagine such a big team like arsenal, 6m pound players in short kroenke needs 2go for d good of dis club. What sort of rubish is this? Its jst lyk preparn 4 anoda 8yrs trophles seasn.

  10. King

    May 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

    everyone is talking about bringing in players lets say we get our wishes and Giroud come in. we have Giroud, RVP, Podolski, Campbell, Chamack, Park, Bendtner, Vela, Ox, TW, Gervi, Miyachi, Lansbury, Arshavin, all fighting for that three spot up front lets say we sell Vela, Bendtner, Arshavin and Chamack we still have 8 guys we are paying without them playing, in that case the English Cup is given, but come on guys

    our midfield with Arteta fit and Wilshere coming in we know Song has a place, what does that say to guys like Frimpong, Coquelin, with Nzonzi, M’Villa, and Martinez or De Jong possibily coming in our team becomes a rich cup buying team

    In my opinion all strikers end we are complete forget Giroud we have Podolski, and RVP, sell chamack even for 1 cent it would be profit remember we got him for free

    • wembley

      May 30, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Nice write up,buh seriously did ú just say what ú said now.where on earth would ä team fighting or should i use contesting for champions league against madrid bank on players that dint make impact all through last year…you said song has ä position,who says?….he’§ not ä f**king defensive midfielder for crying out loud.he expose his defence easily…if arsenal isn’t going τ̅☺ buy players,i meant quality..he would keep losing top players.can you imagine,every player who left arsenal last season for another club won trophy and arsenal members dint,how then can you convince them you’re ready τ̅☺ fight when all you push for are relegated players….Ç’mon,give M̶̲̅e ä break

  11. Nigel

    May 29, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I still prefer Wenger’s old policy of buying 1 or 2 marquee player per season. It is this policy that bring us the doubles and the invincble unbeaten season.

    • prince

      May 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Nigel or whatever you yourself, I can see you are a dreamer. for good 7 yrs you are yet to wake up. for a reminder, the so-called invincibles lasted only one year with trophies in their credit. How many trophies has chelsea and manchester won since the last 7 yrs, Including the champions league?-yet they are no INVINCIBLES. Please let this be the last time you’ll post this sort of comment here or else…

    • elvi

      May 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      don’t u have something called home?

  12. gediwon

    May 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    please please wenger dono’t joke sign players arsenal needws atleast 3 players

  13. gediwon

    May 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    we need at least 3 world class players in addition to m’villa

  14. gediwon

    May 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    if wenger don’t sign players ,arsenal will never be champion..tell to wenger to sign players . why don’t he soe times listen us

  15. zelalem T

    May 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I don’t agree that investing big is just the answer. look at Torres(50m), Carrol(30),Henderson(20m), De Gea(18m), Dzeko(25m), etc. arsenal need to strengthen the teem what ever the price of the player is. Nzonzi can be a decent squad player for arsenal. with 6m pounds he will be a very good addition to the team. look at arsenal’s results whenever Arteta didn’t play. we need a defensive midfielder who sits back whenever the team attacks. It’s on counters and set pieces that arsenal mostly concede goals and Nzonzi at 6ft4 can help in both.

    • Jesus

      May 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      No we need a new left back and right back if sagna is still injured

  16. Don jazi

    May 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Pls AW we jus need one more striker and a powerful defensive midfielder wit experience like m-villa

  17. Gbg

    May 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Obasi, huntelar, m-villa, Podolski and Dempsey- Van Persie has peaked only downhill from here-sell quick!

    • elvi

      May 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      r u gone mad! man.

  18. Mkpur Mcdonald terzungwe

    May 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Hi gunners, it is high time we call a spade a spade. Arsene Wenger is Arsenal’s problem, period! When clubs are trying hard to sign world class players, Mr Wenger is busy talking about N’zonzi, haha. We need a good striker to complement the efforts of Robin van persie. Well, to that end he has gotten Lukas Podolski (unlike him), good, but where is the guarantee that RVP stays? Surely he will be in the Ettihad stadium come next season leaving podolski all alone. It pains me but that is true, arsenal has become a youth academy or better still, a feeder team for Manchester City! But who is to blame if not Wenger? Another big problem of arsenal is one young welsh player called Aaron Ramsey. I wonder why this guy is still putting on the arsenal colors. Most of arsenal’s woes last season were the single handiwork of this welsh man that seems to have made a solemn promise to himself not to learn from past mistakes. His flops against Swansea are particularly fresh in my mind. Arsenal need a world class midfielder like Giroud and Mvilla to join forces with Arteta and Wilshere. Ramsey should go! Above all Mr Arsene Wenger should be encouraged to do anything possible to keep RVP and he shouldn’t miss out on getting Yossi Benayoun as Chelsea is only asking for £1m. Indeed these are the kind of cheap players he likes especially as Yossi is an asset not a liability like his favored ramsey. Wenger i Love you please make me happy at least for one season

  19. elvi

    May 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    my dad saying he will kick kroenke and wenger out in 3 years, probavly my dream is to be manager for arsenal n my wife ceo of the board.
    trophies are comming.
    support me to kick out those cancer we have in out club.

  20. Breeze

    May 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Mr wenger plzzzz we really need better players. The likes of Giroud, M-vila, ventogen llorente etc Before euro starts.

  21. J.A.R.K

    May 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Truely sayin AW need to strenghten this wit quality players not of waste product by £1,2,3-6,8.that dem fail and keep on fallin pls AW you can be blame but not much bt the board had it lyk of virus call ramsey,squillacy,and one hope in kalou,sturrage,dont even temt to coz it would not wost but most worse and rvp,theo,tv,wojciech wil live for such stupidity.
    As for those who do not know wat to say good instead bring in ash prediction keep quiet for quality word to come in.
    Gunner 4 lyf.

  22. J.A.R.K

    May 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    N’zonzi is some how better i think he is the next viera.gunner we de best.

  23. Braveheart

    June 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

    A few people are spoiling our good team with these whack signings.its clearly they don’t love our team’s success so I think they should be kicked out
    We need David Dein back
    Btw Pato is 4 sale AW.RVP wants a partner like him.. not park

  24. Kabzavic

    June 8, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Yossi,Nzonzi,Pato,Adam Johnson would do.

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