£80m star opens up on possible Arsneal move, Wenger sends warning to new Gunner Pepe, Zaha has Arsenal message for skillful Gunners ace

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Wilfred Zaha has admitted his head was over the place after Arsenal failed to secure a transfer deal for the Crystal Palace winger.

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 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 ahead of the upcoming window, reports claims Zaha is hopeful of leaving Crystal Palace when the window opens on January 1 and the report claims 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, and the Ivory Coast international says he realised the had to quickly get over the disappointment of being unable to leave

‘I had to put my head down and play my football,’ Zaha told BBC Africa. I would have been hindering my own progress by moaning and not wanting to perform properly. I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my teammates to treat them that way.

‘It was a thing where ‘OK, this hasn’t happened but I’ve got to get on with it’.

‘I’ve got to prove every time that I’m the top player I claim to be so I had to get over that quickly.

‘Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that.’

Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha has urged fans to be patient with new Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe.

After having a breakthrough season last year for Lille, Pepe managed to secure himself a massive £72 million move to the Emirates as Gunners boss Unai Emery felt he needed to bolster his already impressive attack with another winger.

But despite some classy glimpses of what is to come from the young man, Pepe has so far failed to fulfil the potential that many Arsenal fans had hoped after the club broke the club record to acquire his services ahead of Bayern Munich, as he is really struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

Asked how Pepe will fare this season after his slow start in Arsenal colours, Zaha told BBC Africa: ‘I see the social media, I see everything and it’s a thing where he needs time. He’s come from another league, he’s young

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‘There’s this price tag that he has not put on himself, people have put that on him because of his performances, so you’ve got to give him time for him to reproduce that, it’s not going to come like that

‘I have got nothing but faith in him, I’ve got confidence that he will produce the same thing that he did before because we both play for Ivory Coast and I’ve seen the talent he’s got, but not everyone sees it.’

Unai Emery recently insisted Pepe needs time to adapt and has refused to put the winger under pressure because of his £72m price tag.

‘The players are not thinking about the salary or what one club paid to use him,’ said Emery.said Emery.said Emery.

‘For us, it’s not thinking about pressure or not pressure. We are playing every time, as a coach or a player, under pressure. Under pressure is a positive. Being under pressure is because we are at a big club with a very demanding objective.

‘The players are here because they deserve to be and they are privileged to be here. That privilege brings pressure, of course. But it’s positive.

‘Not for the salary, not for how much the club paid for him. No, no, no. It’s because we need to achieve a good performance, individually and collectively. We need to be very demanding of ourselves, but it’s positive.

‘I am sure that Pepe is an amazing player. A lot of players when they came here, the first month, the first year is not easy for them.

‘But I am going to work with him, to make it easier for Pepe and Dani Ceballos and other players, and carry on, being together and be strong.’

Gunners legend Arsene Wenger has warned Nicolas Pepe that he will have to fight to earn his Arsenal place.

After having a breakthrough season last year for Lille, Pepe managed to secure himself a massive £72 million move to the Emirates as Gunners boss Unai Emery felt he needed to bolster his already impressive attack with another winger.

But despite some classy glimpses of what is to come from the young man, Pepe has so far failed to fulfil the potential that many Arsenal fans had hoped after the club broke the club record to acquire his services ahead of Bayern Munich, as he is really struggling to adapt to the Premier League.

And Wenger admits he supports Arsenal’s decision to sign Pepe but feels the winger must start to deliver due to the strong competition for places in Unai Emery’s attack, he told told Omnisport: ‘I like the player and I thought it was a good decision [to sign him],’

‘He’s not yet completely adapted and you have to give him some time. He looks a little bit to be playing not with the freedom he did in France at the moment.

‘I see some characteristics of his game, especially off the ball, that don’t happen at the moment.

‘On the other hand, I must say we have good young players who can play on the flanks, [and] that he will have a fight to keep his position.’

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