Wow! Mikel Arteta talks up possible £80 million Arsenal deal for ‘phenomenal’ winger Zaha
Mikel Arteta has talked up the possibility of signing the ‘phenomenal’ forward for Arsenal.
Zaha was in the headlines over the summer transfer window for all the right reasons, as some of the biggest clubs in the game showed an interest in the wingers signature after another impressive campaign for Palace.
However, despite admitting on numerous occasions that he is interested in a big move, Palace stuck a massive price tag on the head of the winger and nobody wanted to pay the massive £80 million price tag that was placed on the winger.
And in the end ex-Gunners boss Unai Emery decided to pay a massive £72 million to secure a club record deal for Nicolas Pepe, who was seen as more of a goal threat after an impressive 23-goals last season.
And now reports claims Zaha is hopeful of leaving Crystal Palace this month, with reports claiming the south London side could be open to doing business for a ‘reduced price’ to avoid ‘poisoning the dressing room’.
Zaha had made it clear that he wanted to leave at the end of last season but Palace held firm following bids from Arsenal and Everton and kept their star player, but he has now teamed up with another agent in order to force a move away from the club.
Zaha has responded well to being denied a move, racking up three goals and two assists for the Eagles in the Premier League, and Arteta believes Arsenal’s defenders will have to be on their game to keep out the Ivorian, when his Gunners side face Palace.
On the prospect of facing Zaha this weekend, Arteta said on the SKY SPORTS WEBSITE: ‘He’s one of the things to be aware of.
‘We know Wilf, the type of talent he is, and when he gets isolated in one-vs-one situations what he can do. ‘Of course he will be part of the game-plan.’
Asked whether he would like to have Zaha at Arsenal, Arteta replied: ‘I think he’s a terrific player.
‘I think the impact he’s had in the last few years in the Premier League has been phenomenal.
‘His ability to create chances on his own is unique.’
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