In Focus: Arsenal duo could hold key to beating Tottenham to £30m winger

According to reports in The Sun, Arsenal are ready to join arch-rivals Tottenham in the race to sign £30m-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer, and they have a couple of aces up their sleeve.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his squad this summer as he looks to recover from a disappointing season, and he is said to have been impressed with the performances of the 24-year-old wide man this term.

They will go up against north London neighbours Spurs for his signature, but two Arsenal players could give them the advantage if a deal is to go through.

Palace boss Sam Allardyce is said to be keen to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson if his side secure Premier League survival over the next couple of weeks.

They could be included as part of the deal, although Wenger is also said to be willing to pay the asking price in full.

How good has Zaha been this season?

He has been excellent.

Despite his side spending the majority of the campaign struggling towards the bottom of the table, Zaha has enjoyed one of his most consistent Premier League campaigns.

In 32 appearances, he has scored six goals and provided a further nine assists, and he has proved to be a constant menace to opposition full-backs.

Would he be a success at Arsenal?

It’s difficult to say.

Zaha has already made one big move in his career – joining Manchester United in 2013 – but it didn’t work out and he looks far more at home at Selhurst Park.

However, he will be keen to prove that he can perform at a bigger club and he would be determined to be a success if he made the move to the Emirates for example.

There is no doubt that his pace and trickery would certainly add another attacking dimension to the Arsenal side though.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, the persistent rumours suggest that Zaha will leave Palace during the summer – especially if they go down – and he may feel that he can make a difference for Arsenal next season if he can get a regular run in the side.

Whether he is likely to get more playing time at the Emirates or at White Hart Lane will be the decision the Ivory Coast international has to weigh up.

 


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