Arsenal ‘open talks with Sevilla’ over midfielder switch

Arsenal have opened talks with Sevilla over a move to take Steven N’Zonzi to the Emirates, and reunite him with manager Unai Emery.

Former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder N’Zonzi starred for Emery during his time at Seville boss, winning the Europa League.

According to Sky Sports, the Gunners have now opened talks with the Spanish side, in a bid to bring the 29-year-old to North London.

Emery has already landed Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis Papasthathopoulos.

But he is continuing to look to add to his midfield and French ace N’Zonzi could be ideal.

Emery’s phone ban

Unai Emery has introduced himself to the Arsenal team and has got to work implementing rules ahead of the new season.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss replaced Arsene Wenger after 22 years this summer, and is keen to get off to a good start in his debut Premier League campaign.

On Monday Emery welcomed the Arsenal team back to London Colney, where medical checks took place and the Spaniard addressed the squad for the very first time.

Since then the team have been on the training ground, and already there are stark differences to the way Wenger used to do things.

Emery has also limited players using mobile phones at the training ground, and has banned them from using them completely during lunchtime.

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Ozil under fire

Germany made a mistake taking Mesut Ozil to the World Cup, admits team manager Oliver Bierhoff.

The Arsenal star failed to sparkle as the reigning champions crashed out at the group stage after just one win from three matches.

Ozil and team-mate Ilkay Gundogan posed with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of the tournament, with their loyalty to Germany called into question.

But Bierhoff told Welt: "We have never forced players of the German national squad to do something, but always tried to convince them of a cause. We did not succeed with Mesut.

"In that respect, considerations should have been made about whether to leave out Ozil from a sporting point of view. I believe the fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the pictures did not distract the squad so much. But the debate afterwards did."

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