Arsenal linked with Zaha
Wilfried Zaha had perhaps his best ever season in a Crystal Palace shirt in 2018/19.
In 34 league outings, the attacker would score 10 and assist 10, an excellent record considering Palace aren’t exactly the best team in the Premier League.
At the beginning of this month, Sky Sports News claimed that Arsenal had bid £40m for Zaha:
BREAKING: Arsenal have today bid £40million for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Sky Sports News understands
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 1, 2019
It was then reported on the 18th of July that Zaha had informed Crystal Palace that he wanted to leave the club, and that Arsenal were expected to make another push for the Ivorian international soon:
WIlfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave after returning from the African Cup of Nations. Palace rejected £40m bid. Arsenal expected to push again in the coming days. Zaha is Unai Emery’s No 1 target.
Emery has wanted him since Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 in April
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 18, 2019
Iwobi responds to quotes
Then, on Sunday July 21st, the Sun published an article, featuring an alleged interview with Alex Iwobi.
The quotes attributed to Iwobi largely surrounded Zaha, and his potential arrival at the Emirates:
“I am not one to chicken out. I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough.
“So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.
“I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to.
“Obviously, my joy is to play football and not just sit out.
“If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play — that is what I have done all my life.
“We have big stars already, so by adding another one I’ll just have to prove I can do better than them.” As quoted by the Sun.
Iwobi has since responded to the articles published first by the Sun, and then by the Daily Mail.
Iwobi calls the articles fake news and clickbait. He also mentions how he hopes that Arsenal will sign world-class players.
Fake News & Click Bait! I Don’t know Why Some Newspapers Enjoy Twisting Words . I Hope We Sign World Class Players @Arsenal And Progress As A Team . I’m Looking Forward To The New Season. Happy Sunday 😊. pic.twitter.com/xcadu8t2kC
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) July 21, 2019