Ray Parlour has told Stadium Astro that he wants to see Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in an Arsenal shirt, with the January window in full swing – just days after Zaha himself spoke of how close he came to joining Arsenal.
Zaha, 28, has been in stunning form for Palace this season as he closes in on 400 appearances in all competitions for the Eagles – making his 379th outing against Arsenal on Thursday night as the two sides drew 0-0.
Just last week, Zaha told Jamie Carragher on his Greatest Game podcast that Arsenal chose Nicolas Pepe over Zaha: “Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose. And they chose Pepe over me.”
He failed to score against Arsenal and add to his eight goals in 16 Premier League appearances, but Invincibles legend Parlour has urged his old club to make Zaha the club’s latest signing – with Zaha a self-confessed Arsenal fan.
“We all know what a player he is,” Parlour said. “When he’s running at you, he’s hard to stop. I wouldn’t like to play against him. He’s a real talent and I would love to see him in an Arsenal shirt.”
TBR’s view – Zaha would take Arsenal to the next level
Would Mikel Arteta be able to cope with the Ivory Coast international’s ego? Would Arsenal become lop-sided with Zaha in the team? Is he too expensive to buy after turning 28? There are many points to take into consideration.
The Sun claimed in the summer that Palace wanted £30million for Zaha, but after a stunning start to the 2020-21 season, he is likely to cost a lot more than that. But certainly, an in-form Zaha takes Arsenal back into Europe.