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Arsenal: Wilfried Zaha deal “one to keep an eye on”

Arsenal could potentially be in line to make a late swoop for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, with the Ivory Coast international having been a long-term target for the north London club.

What’s the word?

That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – who said of the Gunners’ interest in the 29-year-old: “There’s a lot of talk right now about Wilfried Zaha, not just Arsenal but with Chelsea as well. I just wonder what the situation is going to be as we get to the final hour simply because Zaha’s entered the final year of his contract – one to keep an eye on.”

Transfer insider Dean Jones has previously stated that the winger is a player on whom Arsenal have been keeping tabs of late, with the Eagles potentially willing to cash in for around £30m with just a year remaining on the 28-cap gem’s contract.

Better than Martinelli

Although interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea is also mounting in the explosive forward, those at the Emirates Stadium will no doubt be hoping to finally get their man after repeated links over the years, having notably been interested in a deal prior to Nicolas Pepe’s arrival in 2019.

Zaha has no doubt warranted that interest due to his talismanic form at Selhurst Park over an extended period of time, with the one-time Manchester United man potentially set to slot into Mikel Arteta’s side on the left flank, ahead of promising talent Gabriel Martinelli.

While the Brazilian has sparkled in the early weeks of the new season – with three goals in just five league games thus far – he simply does not have the wealth of experience that the Palace man possesses, nor can he contend with the level of consistency that the 29-year-old has shown over the years.

So often the shining light at his current club, Zaha has now scored 87 goals and provided 73 assists in 434 games across all competitions, including a haul of 65 goals and 27 assists in 282 matches in the top flight to date.

Equally, as good as Martinelli has been in recent weeks, the £34.2m-rated sensation has seemingly been even better, having scored four goals in as many games so far this term, including a stunning strike against Brentford on Tuesday night.

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Capable of producing something out of nothing, the £130k-per-week ace no doubt deserves a second chance at an elite club after his brief Old Trafford stint, with Martinelli likely to be the man who makes way to accommodate him under Arteta.