Ian Wright speaks on potential Wilfried Zaha link with Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said that it would be magnificent for the Gunners, should they pursue the signature of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace this summer. The Ivorian has been regularly linked with the Gunners in the past few weeks and reports have emerged that the club have recently failed with an approach for his signature.


Speaking to South China Morning Post, Wright acknowledged that he would be pleased with the arrival of Zaha at the Emirates, but the club also need to improve on the midfield department, where a void has been left by the departure of Aaron Ramsey, he said: “We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent.

“You want competition for places. Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there. You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone. We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals. Goals are a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.”


Meanwhile, there has been the shock speculation linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a potential departure from the club but Wright has said that he is hopeful that such a situation does not arise during the ongoing transfer window, he added: “Hopefully that doesn’t happen because that would be disastrous.”


The Gunners have made an opening bid worth £40m for Zaha but the offer has been snubbed by the Eagles, who are eyeing at least twice the figure. At present, the Gunners are unlikely to afford that with a limited £45m budget and there are suggestions that they could propose a player-plus-cash move to reduce the valuation of the Ivorian. Arsenal have made just the solitary signing with Gabriel Martinelli making the move from Brazilian minnows Ituano.

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