Arsenal have simply got to make quality additions to their squad this summer if they are to break into the top four of the Premier League and return to the now elusive lands of Champions League football. Indeed, pundits such as Charlie Nicholas (on Sky via the Daily Express) have spoken for the need to improve in the market as the Gunners enter their third consecutive season without entry into Europe’s top competition.
To that end, Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha is thought to be a potential target for the Gunners this summer and the Emirates Stadium outfit are expected to make a bid for him imminently (Sky Sports).
And, it would seem the Ivorian is doing everything he can in order to make a move across London happen this summer.
According to a June 29th report by The Times (subscription required), Zaha has told Palace he wants to go and is hopeful the club will look to reduce their £80m valuation for him in order to help facilitate a potential switch.
The 26-year-old is believed to be keen on remaining in the capital and has supported Arsenal ever since he was a child, essentially making a switch something of a dream for him.
However, Unai Emery certainly has his back up against the wall though as it has not been made easy for him in terms of the financial pulling power the club can allow him to have – it is believed he will only have around £45m to spend (Telegraph).
That could make it extremely difficult for any possible deal to happen, especially considering Crystal Palace hold all the cards after he renewed his contract last summer (Guardian).
But, he is a player Arsenal should look to do all they can to bring to the Emirates Stadium as he would arguably be an upgrade on the options that they already have available to them.
Alex Iwobi was often used by Emery on the right wing, however, a quick comparison by WhoScored would almost conclusively suggest the Palace man is better in almost every department.
The Ivorian also had better averages per game, with 2.1 shots per goal (Iwobi had 1); 1.6 key passes (1.1); 3.4 completed dribbles (1.3) and created more fouls against him with an average of 3 per match (0.4).
In fact, the only area of attack that Iwobi was better than the Palace man was in assists where he managed to provide his team-mates with six – although Zaha was only one behind with five.
If Arsenal have any chance of getting a deal done – even after the winger’s ‘come and get me’ plea – then Emery must look to make sure it happens.
Arsenal fans, would you like to see Zaha in the side next season? Do you think he would solve the problem Emery has in the team? Let us know your thoughts below!
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