Football News: Why Arsenal failed to complete Wilfried Zaha transfer

Why Arsenal failed to complete Wilfried Zaha transfer and instead spent £72m on wrong option


The Crystal Palace star was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, but the north London club opted for another big money signing instead


By Luke Thrower 21:47, 15 AUG 2022


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📷 Wilfried Zaha during Crystal Palace vs Arsenal (Image: (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images))

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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has opened up on his failed move to Arsenal in 2019, claiming the Gunners opted for fellow Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe over him that summer. Then manager Unai Emery spent £72million in landing Pepe, who has struggled since joining the club.


The 27-year-old has yet to live up to the transfer fee paid by the north London outfit, often making appearances from the bench behind Bukayo Saka in the first-team. The winger is yet to make an appearance this season, with reports claiming that an exit could be on the cards while the window is still open.


Despite those links, Mikel Arteta has claimed that all his players have a fresh start this campaign: "The message is: this is a different season and everybody has a clean start. Show us what you can do on the pitch, how you're going to behave with your team-mates, are you going to make the car faster - yes or no?


"If you do you have a chance to be here… for me to send a different message to the group was to be very, very inconsistent with what we demand. So they're in the group, or they're not. "


It remains to be seen if there can be a way back for Pepe in his disappointing Arsenal career so far, though things could have been very different. Crystal Palace star Zaha was linked with a move the same summer.



The 29-year-old explained the transfer saga, telling Jamie Carragher on his podcast back in April: "I had a conversation with the manager actually. [Unai] Emery was just like, ‘We don’t really need to go through much’.


“He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. He was like, ‘Yeah we’d love to have you’ and I was just like, ‘Yeah I’d love to come’.


“The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal. He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team. Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose and they chose Pepe over me.”


 

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