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Report: Arsenal still interested in Unai Emery's top 2019 target; Arteta thinks he's 'terrific'

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It is no secret at this point that former Arsenal boss Unai Emery was desperate to sign Wilfried Zaha back in the summer of 2019.

The Spaniard even admitted in an interview with The Guardian that he had demanded that Raul Sanllehi and Edu signed Zaha, but a deal for the Crystal Palace star proved to be too expensive, and Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe instead.

Almost two years down the line, Zaha is still at Crystal Palace. His dreams of a move to a bigger club seemed to be fading away, but it looks like the Gunners are set to revive their interest in the tricky winger.

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90Min claim today that Arsenal are considering a summer move for Zaha who will have just two years left on his contract. It is claimed that the Eagles would be prepared to cash-in on him this time, and the Gunners will reportedly try to take advantage of that.

Mikel Arteta is a big fan of the Ivorian. The Arsenal boss hailed Zaha last year before our game against Crystal Palace, calling him ‘a terrific player’ who has had a ‘phenomenal’ impact in the Premier League.

He said, as per Arsenal.com: “I think he’s a terrific player and I think the impact he’s had in the Premier League in the last few years has been phenomenal. His ability to create chances on his own is unique.”

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The Insider’s View:

Arsenal signing Zaha two years ago would have been a controversial move as many fans were unconvinced by the Ivorian. That will likely be the case this time around as well, especially as the Crystal Palace star will turn 29 midway through next season.

With nine goals and two assists to his name this season for a very defensive Crystal Palace side, Zaha is still capable of having a huge impact in games.

However, Arsenal should be looking at someone much younger – maybe Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City who has scored 12 goals, provided 16 assists and is a much bigger creative influence than Zaha will ever be.

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