Darren Bent has suggested that Wilfried Zaha wanted to make the move to the Emirates Stadium during the summer.
The winger was subject of interest from the north London giants in the summer, who even put in a £40m bid for the Ivory Coast international (via Sky Sports).
Zaha even handed in a transfer request to force a move away from Selhurst Park in the summer transfer window, however, a move never materialised (via The Guardian).
In the exclusive interview with Football Insider, Bent gave the low down on how he believes things panned out in the summer.
He said: “He handed a transfer request in now, whether that’s a transfer request in because he wanted to go to Arsenal – he’s an Arsenal fan – so I’m pretty sure that he handed the request in wanting to go to Arsenal.”
Any potential move to the Emirates Stadium may not have addressed the key issues at the Emirates. This season, Arsenal have already scored eight goals, a figure that puts them in the top six of the division (via Premier League). Indeed, this shows that goalscoring/creating is not a problem this season.
Saturday’s game against Watford showed that defensively the Gunners are still not where they should be. Mistakes a piece from Sokratis and David Luiz ensured that Emery’s side left Vicarage Road with just one point after they let a two-goal lead slip (via BBC).
With Crystal Palace demanding north of £100m, the money would be better spent trying to buy defenders to replace the error-prone and ageing duo of Sokratis and Luiz. The Brazilian himself has already given away two penalties in his four top-flight games for Arsenal, just one less than what he managed to concede in a mass 160 games for Chelsea (via Give Me Sport).
Wasting north of £100m on Zaha would be hugely irresponsible from Arsenal, especially when they have a huge gaping hole in their backline. A move for the Ivorian makes no sense at the moment and the signing of Nicolas Pepe has obviously addressed any issues in frontline, at least in theory.
Zaha may well have wanted to join the Gunners but, frankly, the club have more pressing issues at the moment.
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