Arsenal held negotiations with €55m-rated Premier League forward

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Wilfried Zaha’s future was one of the big talking points in the summer transfer window. Ivory Coast international is often the centre of attention when it comes to transfer windows, with Spurs previously linked with a move. This time around it was Gunners and latterly Everton who were linked with a move for Crystal Palace forward.

London club reportedly started with a £40m bid, while Toffees went in with offers of around £60m and £70m. Eagles stood firm on their £80m valuation, however, and Wilfried stayed put, even amid handing in a transfer request at Selhurst Park.

Zaha started the campaign on the substitutes’ bench, following all the speculation, but was soon in the starting lineup as Eagles secured seven points from their opening four matches. Zaha is a regular member of the national team squad.

But the 26-year-old forward barely got a look-in as Palace were thrashed 4-0 by a resurgent Spurs on Saturday, a match that Gunners legend Paul Merson was watching for Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday. And Merson made a pointed remark about Ivorian star’s ability about the rest of the Eagles side following the defeat.

He said: “You look at it and Wilfried had one shot straight at the keeper. Every time he got the ball, they fouled him. Every single time he got the ball, they fouled him.”It must be frustrating for him, playing at Crystal Palace and I don’t want to sound disrespectful, but he’s better than that, it looks like he has to do it all on his own.”

 

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