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Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha prefers Arsenal move over Manchester United

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha prefers Arsenal move over Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha would prefer a move to Arsenal over former club Manchester United this summer, according to ESPN.

The outlet reports that Zaha, who endured an unsuccessful stint with the Red Devils after joining from Crystal Palace back in 2013, is keen to move to his boyhood club Arsenal and remain in London due to family reasons.

Zaha made just two Premier League appearances for Manchester United during his time at the club before re-signing for the Eagles to end his disappointing spell at Old Trafford and has since gone on to become one of the leading forwards in the division outside the top six.

“Outside the top six, Zaha is probably the best player in the Premier League,” Dean Saunders recently said on talkSPORT.

Going off ESPN’s report, family reasons seem to be one factor behind Zaha’s desire to join Arsenal. From a football perspective, though, the 26-year-old would surely have no problems fitting in at either the north London club or Manchester United.

Compared to the likes of Anthony Martial and Alex Iwobi, two individuals who play on the left flank like Zaha as shown on WhoScored, the Crystal Palace man was statistically the more dangerous forward last season.

For example, while Zaha and Martial both scored the same amount of league goals (10), the former made more key passes per game (1.6) than the latter (1.3) and Iwobi (1.1).

With 3.4 dribbles per game, Zaha was also the better dribbler, with Iwobi averaging 1.3 and Martial 1.2.

On top of the above, factor in the uncertainty surrounding Martial, with The Sun reporting that the Frenchman is set to hold talks about his future with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and there really could be an opportunity for Zaha to come in and make an impact at Manchester United or Arsenal.

Crystal Palace fans, will the club be able to hold of Zaha? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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