Arteta Submit Response To Wilfred Zaha’s For Arsenal Transfer This Winter
Mikel Arteta has lauded Wilfried Zaha as an ‘exceptional’ player in response to the Crystal Palace star’s recent revelation that he very nearly joined Arsenal when Unai Emery was in charge. The Ivory Coast international held talks with Arsenal in the summer of 2019 but the club opted to sign Nicolas Pepe in a club-record £72million deal from Lille instead. Pepe has struggled to live up that price tag while Zaha has continued to excel, with the Palace winger suggesting it was a ‘no-brainer’ for the Gunners to sign him over his Ivorian teammates.
While Arteta was keen to avoid reigniting speculation linking Arsenal with Zaha, he did concede that the winger – who takes on the Gunners on Thursday – is an excellent player.