If Wilfried Zaha moves from Palace to Arsenal for £80m, the joke will be on the Gunners as: 1) they can’t afford the transfer fee; 2) Zaha is worth nowhere near that much; 3) Zaha is not necessarily better than Iwobi and might not get in the team; and 4) Zaha was not exactly successful last time he was at a big club (Man U), so why would it be any different this time around?
I have to say that I predicted that Zaha wouldn’t make it at Man Utd last time he made a big move from Palace and I was proved right on that occasion. I’d seen him play for the Eagles and, if I’d been scouting him, I wouldn’t have given him a rave review. In fact, if I were Arsenal, I’d only be prepared to pay around £10m for a player who may only be a squad member, should he switch allegiances.
At Selhurst Park, Zaha is a big fish in a small pond. The Palace fans love him, but it would take him time and a lot of good performances to win over the Gunners faithful.
Arsenal would be better off sticking with Iwobi and maybe using Reiss Nelson next season. To bring in Zaha, who may not offer much extra cutting edge would be senseless, particularly if that meant losing Aubameyang to Man U to fund the exorbitant fee.
In fact, selling Auba, particularly to a Premier League rival, would be one of the worst pieces of business ever conducted by the club.
The good news is Aubameyang has been pictured in the new Adidas kit, which may mean he’s staying. The bad news is Ozil was photographed also, so it seems that no-one wants to buy the misfiring, expensive German.
On the subject of Germans, whom no one wants to buy, Mustafi may be around for another season, at least, due to the lack of takers. I still think Mustafi has more to offer and he’s not reached his peak yet, so it may work out for the best. You heard it here first!