Steven Nzonzi would give Arsenal the physicality they need in midfield

Arsenal will have to fight off Premier League competition if they want to sign target Steven Nzonzi, as West Ham and Everton enter the race for the talented midfielder, according to French news outlet Le10Sport.

What’s the story?

The 29-year-old midfielder will be familiar to English football fans as he spent eight years playing here with Blackburn Rovers then with Stoke City.

After he moved to Sevilla in 2015, the rangy French international found another level and has impressed over the last few seasons for the Spanish club, making 90 appearances in La Liga, registering seven goals and six assists.

Now according to the report, the three English clubs are set to battle it out for the Sevilla enforcer although no formal bid has been made for the player who is valued at £27million on Transfermarkt.

Do Arsenal need him?

Even though Arsenal have bolstered their midfield with the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, 6ft5 Nzonzi could give them the strength and power in midfield that they are lacking and potentially oust Granit Xhaka from the starting XI.

With Torreira standing at 5ft5 and the other midfielders occupying more creative roles in the team, Arsenal would be wise to sign a player like Nzonzi who can shield the defence and use his physicality to stop opposition attacks.