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Arsenal boss Unai Emery sends tweet to transfer target after France win World Cup


Twenty years after winning their first World Cup, France lifted the trophy for a second time following a 4-2 win over Croatia.

Arsenal had no representation in the final but that didn’t prevent Emery from congratulating French players he had managed in the past.

At Paris Saint-Germain, Emery worked with Kylian Mbappe, Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe and Blaise Matuidi.

At Sevilla he managed Adil Rami and Nzonzi and Emery sent a tweet to the six players congratulating them on their success.

He wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the France team and [Didier] Deschamps.

“Happy for @KMbappe @AreolaOfficiel @kimpembe_3 @Rami13officiel @MATUIDIBlaise @iamnzonzi15.

“Congratulations for that brilliant @FIFAWorldCup!”

Nzonzi is understood to be a transfer target for Arsenal as Emery revamps his squad ahead of the season.

Last week, Emery was asked Arsenal’s interest in the France international and insisted: “I know him but we haven’t made a move for him.”

Nevertheless, Emery is keen to strengthen to bolster his options if the opportunity is there.

He added: “Normally, in my career the big clubs don’t close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player. Today, we are OK.

“Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.

“We signed the players who we needed and only if one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them.

“Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team.”





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