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Sevilla’s N’Zonzi wants to leave with Arsenal eyeing midfielder

Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi is wanted by Premier League outfit Arsenal, after tensions have grown between himself and manager Eduardo Berizzo, according to The Sun.

The 28-year-old has history in the English top-flight, having played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City for six years, before heading to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

However, his time in Andalusia appears to be drawing to a close, after falling out with cancer-stricken Berizzo following being substituted at half-time in the Champions League fixture against Liverpool, as they were 3-0 down.

Highs and Lows in Andalusia

Upon joining the Rojiblancos two years ago, N’Zonzi has been a revelation in his midfield position, creating the link between the defence and attack.

His performances saw him make his international debut for France in November against Wales, before featuring in the 2-2 draw with Germany four days later.

However, N’Zonzi has not featured since being taken off in the Liverpool match, where he decided to leave the stadium than watch his team-mates produce magnificent comeback to tie the match in the final minutes.

Vieira replacement?

Arsenal have not had a combative midfielder of N’Zonzi’s ilk since his fellow countryman Patrick Vieira left in 2005.

The Gunners have previously scouted him, but lost out to Sevilla, when he left for over £7m in 2015.

Now, the North Londoners could fork out his £35m release clause, should he wish to leave Spain in January, but they will also face competition with Everton, with a possible reunion with ex-Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce for N’Zonzi.

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