Crystal Palace ahead Wilfried Zaha has opened up over his failed switch to Arsenal in 2019.
The Gunners have been on the verge of sealing a deal to signal Eagles talisman Zaha in the summertime of 2019 however as an alternative opted to spend a club-record £72million on Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe joined the north London membership on the again of scoring 22 Ligue 1 targets and offering eleven assists within the French prime flight in 2018/19, however has thus far did not reside as much as expectations in his 18 months on the membership.
There have been fleeting moments of high quality, however simply 13 targets in 62 appearances has been a disappointing return for the entrance man, who has struggled to cement a spot in Mikel Arteta’s beginning XI.
And Zaha has mirrored on his disappointment on being snubbed for his fellow Ivorian ahead.
He advised Jamie Carragher’s The Biggest Sport Podcast: “I had a dialog with the supervisor truly.
“[Unai] Emery was similar to, ‘We don’t actually need to undergo a lot’. “He stated he’d seen me play, he is aware of I can change video games at any time and stuff like that.
“He was like, ‘Yeah we’d like to have you ever’ and I used to be similar to, ‘Yeah I’d love to come back’.
“The dialog was reasonably simple as a result of I performed in opposition to him when he was supervisor of Arsenal.
“He noticed what I may do, noticed my work-rate, and what I may add to the group.”
He added: “Clearly, it was as much as the membership who they selected.
“They usually selected Pepe over me.”
Zaha was not at his greatest final season however he has discovered his greatest type in current months, hitting eight targets in 15 video games this time period.
Pepe, nevertheless, has as soon as once more struggled with simply two targets in 11 appearances this marketing campaign.