£80 million Premier League star Zaha ‘head all over the place’ amid massive Arsenal talk
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.’
Arsenal may look to do some transfer business when the window opens up in just a few months time, but it would actually be a shock to see them now make a move for the impressive Zaha, especially after spending so much money to acquire the services of Nicolas Pepe during the summer.
But if there is a chance to sign him up at a reduced fee in January as a possible replacement for the likes of Mesut Ozil, then Arsenal should test the water and make a cheeky offer, he would certainly improve their attack just a bit more.
However, if Arsenal are to do business in January, THEN TEY SHOULD FOCUS ON DEFENCE.