Wilfried Zaha was near a transfer to Arsenal in 2019 (Image: Getty)
Emmanuel Petit has issued a warning to Arsenal about signing former goal Wilfried Zaha this summer season.
Zaha, 29, has been linked with the Gunners since 2019 when he was the topic of curiosity from the then-Gunners supervisor Unai Emery.
After a drop off in type, the Ivory Coast worldwide has been instrumental in Crystal Palace’s spectacular performances this season and is being touted as soon as once more as a potential goal for Arsenal.
Nonetheless, Petit – who gained the double with the north London facet in 1998 – believes signing Zaha might hamper Gabriel Martinelli’s growth on the left wing.
Talking to Genting Casino, he stated: ‘I really like watching Zaha. He’s an electrical participant. He might be unusual on the pitch generally, together with his provocations.
‘However I actually favored his reactions towards Arsenal, he managed his reactions, he was smiling, he was very assured. It needs to be like that for each recreation.
‘In fact, he would slot in properly at Arsenal. However my query could be, what do you do with Gabriel Martinelli? Martinelli has been superb since his harm and he’s following in the identical footsteps of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka.
Petit thinks Zaha would get in the best way of Martinelli’s progress at Arsenal (Image: Getty)
‘That is the subsequent technology of Arsenal gamers and when you introduced in Zaha then he’d play common soccer and Martinelli could be on the bench.
‘So I’m not fairly positive about that. Arsenal want competitors of their squad, for positive, however while you see the prospect of younger gamers, you need to be very cautious with the gamers you deliver into the membership.’
Though Mikel Arteta’s younger facet have to date loved an encouraging season, the Spaniard will likely be seeking to bolster a squad which seems very skinny past the first-team.
Again in January final yr, Zaha informed Jamie Carragher that he practically signed for Arsenal three years in the past earlier than the membership determined to take £72million Nicolas Pepe from Lille as an alternative.
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Talking on The Greatest Games podcast, he stated: ‘I had a dialog with the supervisor (Emery), truly. He was identical to, ‘we don’t have to undergo a lot’. He’s seen me play, he is aware of I can change video games at any time and stuff like that. It was like, ‘yeah, we’d like to have you ever’.
‘And I used to be identical to ‘I’d love to come back’. The dialog was reasonably simple as a result of I’ve performed towards him when he’s managed Arsenal, he’s seen what I can do, he’s seen my work fee, what I can add to the workforce. Clearly, it was as much as the membership who they selected, and clearly they selected Pepe over me.’
Zaha has scored 10 objectives in 25 Premier League appearances this season, serving to the Eagles climb into the top-half of the desk and attain the FA Cup semi-finals.
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