Arsenal have started their new era under Unai Emery in a rather unpredictable manner which suggests the deep-rooted defensive problems that have plagued their recent history remain unaddressed.
Naturally, it will take at least one full season for Emery to get to grips with the personnel in his squad and find a winning formula which carefully balances attacking creativity with defensive solidity.
Striking that elusive balance is one which the very best managers strive to achieve, but in reality it’s something which is difficult to come by.
In the final-third Emery has plenty of cutting edge talent at his disposal with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Henrik Mkhitaryan all residing within his squad.
Finding a system which incorporates all four of those players will prove to be difficult for Emery but, considering they are all naturally tend to operate in central roles or at least drift into the centre from wide positions, Arsenal should be exploring the possibility of signing a proven wide player in one of the next two transfer windows.
With that being said, Emery should turn his attention towards Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha.
The term talisman gets thrown around a lot, but in Zaha’s case the description couldn’t be any more fitting; Palace endured 9 defeats in the 9 fixtures he was absent for last season and they failed to find the net in 7 of those fixtures.
The statistics serve to illuminate Zaha’s paramount important to Palace’s success and that admission suggests the club would be able to command a huge profit on the £3.45 million they paid for him in 2015, but his extortionate asking price would be one well worth paying for the Gunners.
Indeed, Zaha would offer genuine width on both wings and that could help both Aubameyang and Lacazette to discover their very best form for the club
With the ability to cut inside onto his favoured right foot or dribble past his opposite number to the byline, Zaha would create plenty of goal-scoring opportunities for Arsenal’s attacking pairing and create space for them to exploit with his movement both on and off the ball.
After showcasing his ability on a consistent basis at Palace there’s no doubt Zaha is ready for the step up to a club with genuine aspirations of finishing inside the top-four, and Arsenal would be an ideal destination for him.
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