Crsytal Palace winger, Wilfried Zaha, has revealed that a move to Arsenal was on the cards when Unai Emery was the Gunners boss.
Zaha has been linked with the Gunners over a number of transfer windows and it has become one of those rumours that never seems to go away. However, he’s since remained with Palace and is still an integral part of Roy Hodgson’s squad.
But speaking on Jamie Carragher’s greatest game podcast, Zaha was asked openly about a potential move to Arsenal and revealed that he came close to signing before the club went for Nicolas Pepe instead.
“Yeah, I had a conversation with Unai Emery. He was like ‘yeah we’d love to have you’ and I was just like ‘yeah I’d love to come. Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose. And they chose Pepe over me,” Zaha revealed to Carragher.
“Emery was just like we don’t really need to go through much. He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. The conversation was rather straight forward, he saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.”
Zaha, who was thought to be the subject of a £40m approach (The Guardian) is said to be valued much higher than that by Palace, with the same report claiming a valuation nearer to £100m was more likely.
Pepe, meanwhile, has since flattered to deceived in the red of Arsenal since his big-money move from Lille.
A real shame, hopefully Zaha hasn’t missed the boat – TBR View
It would be good to see Zaha challenge himself higher up the league again after being too young and moving at the wrong time to Manchester United.
He’s a massive talent and, on his day, one of the best attacking players in the league. Arsenal would suit him, too.
Hopefully, he might well get his chance in the coming seasons to show what he can do at the very highest of levels.