N’Zonzi denies Arsenal link

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Steven N’Zonzi has denied he’s in talks with Arsenal despite confirming his desire to quit Sevilla when the transfer window opens in January.

The former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder has been left out of Sevilla’s squad for the last two league games after a huge falling out with coach Eduardo Berrizo and has made it clear he’ll leave the La Liga outfit in the coming weeks.

The France international is currently in London but his visit to the English capital is nothing to do with speculation linking him with the Gunners and Everton.

Speaking about the rumours, the 28-year-old explained to France Football (translated by the Evening Standard), “My future is clearly elsewhere than in Sevilla. The only thing that disappoints me is the manner in which this is ending.

“But what bothers me is the way it’s going. It had never been bad with a coach before. I never had that kind of problem.

“I’m indeed in London, but it’s got nothing to do with a transfer or football. I’ve come to see my son who lives here and to spend some time with him. As you can see, it’s not a question of signing for Arsenal or anywhere else.”

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Heavy Gunner
Heavy Gunner

That certainly put the poo-meter up a couple of turds,then!..

IamaGoober

I just think that player wise, it doesn’t matter who we bring in anymore.

We literally have two or three of the best players in the world playing for us, but we still as a collective make the same mistakes which ultimately cost us every single season.

As an example:

Chelsea won the title last year with 93 points, and their defense was mainly made up of players like Cahill, Luiz, Alonso and Azpilicueta; are they really that much better than Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal and Bellerin?

In my honest opinion no, not really. They obviously have their strengths and weaknesses as individuals, but talent wise, I think we probably have the best defender out of the lot in the form of Koscielny.

But with that said, at the end of the season we finished 18 points behind Chelsea even though we put 3 goals past them at home, and beat them in the FA Cup final.

The common denominator is Arsene Wenger, and the fact the players are all still coached by the same coaching staff as well.

Its tried and tested that Arsene Wengers footballing philosophies and approach to games have a glass ceiling. It doesn’t matter which way you cut it. But that is the truth. Arsene Wenger is very good at obtaining European football and domestic cup runs. But he has lost the ability to compete for the bigger prizes, which is probably down to the fact he hasn’t changed his approach to management.

When you’ve got Man City, United etc.. all spending buckets of cash on players, new managers with the most innovative ideas, and new coaches to implement said ideas, with the players training at the latest training facilities. Its not wonder we finish that far off the top.

So ultimately nothing will change until the bare minimum out of the above is accomplished and we get a brand new hungry manager in with the fresh innovative ideas.

Hank Wankford
Hank Wankford

*yawn*

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Kind of off-topic, but I get what you’re saying.

Still, at this point there’s no point in being frustrated by it. If he didn’t go after last season that’s clear evidence that nothing the fans do will make any difference to him staying or going.

I say just go with the flow until the 2 years are up.

Linking this back to the blog this morning, that’s why I’m not that angry after defeats anymore, I think. If we can play some great football (which even though we lost on Saturday, I thought we did) in the meantime, at least we can have some entertainment. I can’t be bothered to get stressed over results until he goes.

IamaGoober

I don’t think its that far off topic really. Its all relevant.

We buy players all the time, some with bags of ability, some with not so much >

Ozil
Sanchez
Chamakh
Bendtner

Arsene coaches them (along with the coaching staff) >

We see the same results

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It honestly doesn’t really make a difference who we get in anymore. I am not trying to be negative, and I am not trying to get everyone to bring out their pitch forks and go for Arsene Wengers head – I am just stating pretty much nailed on facts.

Obviously as a fan, I want to have the best players at Arsenal, I love seeing guys like Ozil, Sanchez, Koscielny, Lacazette playing for us.

All I am saying is – it doesn’t really make that much of a difference anymore. Because until we make the necessary changes at coaching level, let alone at managerial level, we will always continue to see Arsenal failing to compete for top honors, you know?

Arsenalnut
Arsenalnut

When was Mourinho’s last “fresh innovative idea”? Double parking two busses? When did Conte last have one? Everybody brings what they know with them to the EPL. It might be new to the EPL but Conte used the 3-5-2 forever in Serie A.

For a stubborn old goat Arsene has been surprisingly experimental. Raise your hands if you remember us using the formation, yeah? 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 4-2-2-2, 4-1-3-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-3-1-2, 4-3-3, 3-2-3-1-1.

Within the formations we have pressed while compacting the space, we have laid back and invited pressure so we could counterattack, and we’ve been all out attackers. I think 3 things have separated Arsenal from the league winners over the past 10 years.

1. An offense first attitude versus the opposite. This is an area where one can question Arsene and it’s become a real issue, particularly when we lack patience. Live ball turnovers kill us because attacking positions so badly translate quickly into defending positions. He has rarely been willing to quell his players desire to express themselves. Oddly, when he has it’s been successful. Think the Man City and Bayern wins and the string of Dos a cero games.

2. We have been and still are a physically smaller team than everyone else. Thus we are also the least physical team in the league. This pisses me off, particularly in light of my next point. We get the shit kicked out of us and lose talented players. Since Diaby or Eduardo whose career have we threatened? I can’t think of one. Not one. With no physical presence 50-50 balls turn into 40-60 balls or worse because the opposition has no fear of their own injury. We now have the money to purchase skilled and larger players. This has to change.

3. We have for the most part been an “honest” team. The perfect example would have been Welbeck getting straight up after having his legs obviously taken in the box over the weekend. Crickets from the ref. We also do less pulling, holding, bumping, shoving etc. largely because we are smaller. It gets done to us a lot and we play through it. Its always grating to see one of our smurfs touch someone much larger than they and have them tumble over holding some body part. Our smurfs must be ninjas.

IamaGoober

Mourinho last won the Premier League title in 2015.

Conte last won the Premier League title in 2016

Arsene Wenger hasn’t won it since 2004.

Its painful reading – but its the truth.
Also formations don’t really mean too much unless the players on the pitch know and understand how to implement the formation.

A tactical approach to a specific game isn’t just defined by a ‘formation.’ It could also be, as a prime example what United did to us last weekend – Mustafi and Koscielny like to have the ball at their feet, we like to play out from the back, and are subsequently prone to errors. So Mourinho clearly targeted both of them with his front line, and low and be hold, he got his reward, two goals in the first 10 minutes from their mistakes.

And this is something he always does to Arsenal. He always sets his teams up to force a mistake out of us, and we constantly give him the window of opportunity, because we completely ignore that huge factor adjusting our game accordingly.

I’d also like to highlight we rarely ever do that. We never ever set up our team to specifically target a weak spot in the opposition.

Wojech said in an interview recently that the biggest difference between his time spent playing in Italy and playing for Arsenal, is the time spent analyzing the opposition for weaknesses and looking for ways to exploit said weaknesses.

Arsene Wenger relies solely on his selected personal on the pitch to figure things out for themselves, and yes that did used to work prior to 2005. Having a strong group of players that understood the subtle nuances during the 90 minutes was enough. But not in 2017 when you’ve got such a vast amount of talent spread out across all 20 teams.

It just doesn’t cut it anymore. These guys need instructions to finest detail on how to defend, where to be without the ball, bla bla … I could go on. Its obvious that they aren’t coached on it because you can see it clear as day when you see Arsenal live.

Hence we continuously see the same mistakes repeating themselves.

DontForget
DontForget

Hope he joins. I quite like his play.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

He’s a decent player but style would get him too many red cards if he played for us. However I can see him following Fat Sam to the toffees as he knows he’d get regular game time with them.
Although he may prefer to stay/move somewhere with a warmer climate having already experienced the joys of a UK winter.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

The PL is more physical than Spain, and he was grand for Sevilla. Also, he’s lived in Stoke and Blackburn. London is an easy sell in comparison

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Yes it’s much more physical and he knows it well, but he wouldn’t be allowed by the refs to play the same way for us as he did for Stoke and Blackburn.
Whilst London is ‘an easy sell’ compared to Stoke etc, it’s not such a great option compared to most top teams in Spain or Italy climate-wise, especially if he’s not sure how much game time he’d get with us.
It depends how money driven he is but I’d guess he could have earned more by staying in the PL instead of going to Spain last time…

Trez
Trez

Good player, just not worth 30m. We need to get a world class ball winner. It hurts my soul when I remember Liverpool are going to have Naby Keita next season. How we let that happen without trying is baffling to say the least. Our scouts need to get to work.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

Naby Keita would have been amazing but Liverpool caught everybody off guard by paying his release clause 1 year in advance, which I’ve never heard of a team doing before. Real Madrid and United were also rumoured to be waiting for his release clause to activate this summer before making a move, so it’s not a surprise we were blind-sided by Liverpool

ronaldo
ronaldo

thank god for that.

Tim
Tim

I see this as good news:

1) He’s confirmed he’s leaving Sevilla
2) He’s got links to the Premier League
3) his son lives in London
4) he didn’t say that he wouldn’t sign for Arsenal, just that it’s not the reason he’s in London right now

Perry Groves\' nut-sack
Perry Groves\' nut-sack

No point me commenting as i’d just be regurgitating what you have just said.
A ‘co-sign’ will suffice.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

I would be happy if we sold Sanchez and (indirectly) replaced him with N’zonzi in January. He would act as Vidal did for Pirlo/Xavi Alonso by allowing Xhaka to focus on spraying his passes around and Ramsey could move into Sanchez’s spot further forward, giving him the freedom to attack more

Simon
Simon

I would prefer if we went to a back 4, something like this….if Sanchez leaves and we get N’Zonzi or another DM:
Cech
Bellerin Kos Monreal Kolasinac
N’Zonzi
Xhaka Ramsey
Ozil Iwobi/Wellbeck
Laca
Still think we need a world class CB though and we could easily be a force again!!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

Well played N’Zonzi, well played….
Now sign the damn thing!

Gunnersaurus\'s left boot
Gunnersaurus\'s left boot

Walcott, Coquelin and Sanchez out.
Fekir, Lemar and N’Zonzi in.
As much as it pains me to say goodbye to our little rocket man, he ain’t going to sign a new ting and we’ve got to prepare now for the potential shit show in the summer.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

That would be a net outlay of about £100m, wouldn’t it? Can’t see Arsenal doing that.

Santori
Santori

Surely we should be doing better.

Mediocre option. Might as well use Elneny who is mediocre

Santori
Santori

Personally I thought Granit played very well against United.

Was competitive against Pogba and won a number of personal duels.

But its not the nature of our system to man mark and we tend to let things be too interpretative.

Granit isn’t really a DM but the conundrum as well is if you bring in a strict role player to cover DM we miss the benefits going forward

In any case we have a DM terrier type player in Coquelin.

If anything I felt we put 3 strikers on in the end but it was at expense of Granit, a provider who can drop those balls in in the first place to take advantage of the overload so maybe we went for overkill and did not enjoy the results.

All the same, what will really help our defense and midfield is if our forward line get less forgiving

Granted outstanding performance by Dr He’s but in many cases our shots were too direct.

Nzonzi you may as well use a mediocre and younger player like Elneny.

No thanks

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Didn’t you see Manure third goal? Xhaka was ridiculous. Should easily have blocked the assist pass.