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Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan believes that Wilfried Zaha would fit in better at Tottenham Hotspur than at Arsenal, per talkSPORT.
Zaha had been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners throughout the summer transfer window.
But Unai Emery’s men appeared to draw that saga to a close with a club-record deal to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille, announced earlier this week.
And Jordan, who was chairman at Palace between 2000 and 2010, insists that Zaha would have enjoyed a move to Spurs more than a switch to the Gunners.
He said: “I think he would like to have played for Arsenal, I think playing for Tottenham is a slightly better fit, but they are not in the market for him.”
Jordan is probably right.
A move to Spurs would have seen Zaha given the freedom to roam behind striker Harry Kane, while Arsenal tend to play with very rigid wingers, like Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi, that do not often switch positions.
Mauricio Pochettino favours a fluid forward line, with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son interlinking and dovetailing throughout the 90 minutes in support of Kane.
Zaha could have added an excellent dimension to that attack, having scored 10 goals and assisted 10 more in 2018/19.
It remains to be seen if he can prove his worth throughout the coming campaign with the Eagles.