Arsenal target Steven Nzonzi has asked for permission to find a new club.

The Stoke City midfielder, who has been very much on Arsene Wenger’s radar ever since his days at Blackburn Rovers, submitted a transfer request earlier this week just before the departure of his manager Tony Pulis was announced.

And the want-away Nzonzi may attract interest from Arsenal who are still in the market for a natural defensive midfielder after failing to replace Alex Song last summer.

However, the Gunners will have to convince Stoke City in letting go of Nzonzi after the Potters decided to decline the request of the player they only signed on a four-year contract from Blackburn for £3.5million last summer.

“Stoke can confirm the club has rejected a written transfer request from midfielder Steven Nzonzi,” said a statement by the club.

Arsenal and Chelsea were deemed as front-runners to secure the services of Nzonzi last year, but after eventually losing out to Stoke City, Arsene Wenger may realize this is best time to go back for his countryman.

And for the 24-year-old, his latest petition does indicate that he has a knack of second-guessing his commitment to a club after also handing in a transfer request during his final days at Blackburn less than a year ago.

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