£80 million signing ‘exactly the kind of player Arsenal need” ahead of possible Emirates move
Crystal Palace winger Wilfred Zaha “is exactly the kind of player Arsenal need” according to Emmanuel Petit
Regarded as one of the finest wingers in the Premier League, Zaha was heavily linked with a transfer move to the Emirates just a few seasons ago, as then current boss Unai Emery, was eager to bolster his attack.
But despite all the rumours, despite all the speculation and despite the talk that Zaha was keen on a move to the Emirates, the Arsenal board made the strange decision to break the club record and bring Nicolas Pepe to the Premier League after one good season in France.
But Petit wants to see Arsenal swoop in and steal Zaha’s signature from under the nose of their Premier League rivals, and thinks the Ivorian has the ability to add a new dimension to Mikel Arteta’s side.
“Wilfried Zaha has been repeatedly linked with Arsenal in recent years,” the former Gunners midfielder told Paddy Power.
“Arsenal used to play with wingers and guys who could make a difference on the flank, who would take responsibility and show the hunger and desire to get the victory – that was the Arsenal that I knew!
“When I played for Arsenal in the late 90s, we had Marc Overmars, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires – these players were so exciting to watch. Zaha is an unpredictable player, you don’t know what he’s going to do with the ball.
“He’s got a strong character, and sometimes he needs to control of his emotions, but he’s exactly the kind of player Arsenal need. He’d get the fans excited and stimulate his own team-mates too.
“For ages, Arsenal haven’t had a player who could dribble or make a difference with the ball at his feet. With Zaha, they would have somebody capable of taking responsibility and not scared to take on defenders.”