Arsenal had to decide between Pepe and Zaha and eventually, they decided to sign Pepe to pay less.
were interested in signingZaha
but the high price tag thatCrystal Palace
set for him changed the situation as the Gunners decided to signNicolas Pepe
. Arsenal’s signing has not showed any sign of being a Premier League player yet while Zaha has proved to be trusted.
Ray Parlour expresses his admiration for Zaha as he wants the Gunners to remain interested in Crystal Palace’s winger. Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour told Stadium Astro of a player that Mikel Arteta got another good look at during the 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium on Thursday:
“I’m sure Emery would have loved to have someone like Zaha but again it’s down to the board and money available, I don’t know what the situation was with the funds they had behind the scenes.
“Pepe, they did that in a staggered way, probably paying £15m a year, which suited the French side [Lille] as well where he came from.
“Probably Crystal Palace wanted the money up front, which Arsenal couldn’t have done at that time, because they need to replace him - if you lose your best player you need to replace him. The deal probably wasn’t right for Crystal Palace if Arsenal couldn’t pay it up front - but certainly he’s a real talent.
“When he’s running at you full pelt, I wouldn’t like to play against him as a defender!
“You know he makes things happen, he goes down, he gets free-kicks in good areas, he can get penalties at times. He’s a real talent. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him in an Arsenal shirt.”