Zaha slams Arsenal for signing Nicholas Pepe ahead of him

Zaha slams Arsenal for signing Nicholas Pepe ahead of him

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has slammed Arsenal for signing Nicholas Pepe ahead of him. 

Zaha came close to signing for Arsenal in the summer of 2019 but instead, the Gunners settled for Pepe, coughing £72 million. Zaha says he held talks with former coach Unai Emery over a possible switch to the north London side and believes it was a 'no-brainer' for the club to go for his countrymate. 

The Palace winger believes his experience in the Premier League should have convinced the Gunners to favor a move for him. Meanwhile, Pepe has struggled to make an impact since his move from Lille. 

Speaking on The Greatest Game with Jamie Carragher, Zaha said, "I had a conversation with the manager, actually."

"He was just like, ‘we don’t need to go through much’. He’s seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. It was like, ‘yeah, we’d love to have you’. And I was just like, ‘I’d love to come’."

"The conversation was rather straightforward because I’ve played against him when he’s managed Arsenal, he’s seen what I can do, he’s seen my work rate, what I can add to the team."

"Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose, and obviously, they chose Pepe over me."

Zaha has netted eight goals in the Premier League season from 15 appearances. 

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