Arsenal’s shortcomings and deficiencies are no secret and aside from their defensive woes, they need width and pace. Reports suggests that Wilfred Zaha has handed in a transfer request, despite signing an extension last season and this should not exactly come a surprise.
Zaha was recently in the tabloids, apparently claiming that he wanted to fulfil his Champions League ambitions and although Arsenal have fallen short of qualification at this moment in time, there are many more reasons why the 26 year old would consider a move to the Emirates.
Firstly, a move that keeps him in the capital would be a preferred option.
Secondly, Arsenal have every chance of qualifying for the Champions League within the next season or two and are finalists in the Europa League this season.
Thirdly, Arsenal fit the Zaha profile of attacking and creative football and there’s no doubt that the pair would make a good fit.
Lastly, is the chance to play with Lacazette and Aubameyang, which is surely a mouthwatering prospect.
Wilfred Zaha has been a talisman for Palace and only recently, put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth a club-record £130,000 per week, but he has grown frustrated and tired by his side’s continuous fight against relegation and the level of dependency placed on him.
At a meeting with Palace chairman Steve Parish, Wilfred Zaha revealed his desire to leave the club that embraced him after a disastrous spell at Manchester United.
Zaha has creativity, speed and an eye for goal, all of the things that are essential for a potential Unai Emery big signing. How much would he cost ?
That’s the problem, Palace aren’t going to let him go cheaply and with transfer figures going through the roof, the Ivorian international could cost £80m, which would be far and above what Arsenal could afford.
The 26 year old will not be short of offers, but it’s unlikely that Liverpool or Manchester City will share an interest. However, another London club could meet Zaha’s European ambitions.
Spurs would benefit from what Wilfred Zaha has to offer and perhaps, Chelsea would have also considered a move had they not been hit with a two window transfer ban by FIFA.
Zaha has scored ten in 34 appearances with five assists, his best in the Premier League, but in a stronger team he could get close to doubling that.