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Emi Buendia alternative? Arsenal legend believes Zaha is exactly the kind of player Gunners need

Emi Buendia alternative? Arsenal legend believes Zaha is exactly the kind of player Gunners need

Arsenal miss out on Buendia

News emerged on Saturday that Aston Villa were set to pip Arsenal to the signing of Emi Buendia.

On the back of this news, 101 came up with a number of options Arsenal could target instead of the Argentine, which you can check out here or below:

Zaha eyeing Crystal Palace exit

One player we did not mention as a potential Buendia alternative was Wilfried Zaha.

Zaha has been tipped to leave Crystal Palace for some time now.

And with the 2021 summer window just around the corner, those rumours have remerged once again.

It was reported earlier this week that Zaha had told Palace he wants to leave and would like a transfer sorted before pre-season training starts.

Zaha to Arsenal?

Now, Arsenal and France legend  Emmanuel Petit has been voicing his opinion that Zaha, who Goal claim could be available for around £40m this summer, is exactly what Arsenal need:

“Wilfried Zaha has been repeatedly linked with Arsenal in recent years.

“Arsenal used to play with wingers and guys who could make a difference on the flank, who would take responsibility and show the hunger and desire to get the victory – that was the Arsenal that I knew!

“When I played for Arsenal in the late 90s, we had Marc Overmars, Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires – these players were so exciting to watch. Zaha is an unpredictable player, you don’t know what he’s going to do with the ball.

“He’s got a strong character, and sometimes he needs to control of his emotions, but he’s exactly the kind of player Arsenal need. He’d get the fans excited and stimulate his own team-mates too. 

“For ages, Arsenal haven’t had a player who could dribble or make a difference with the ball at his feet. With Zaha, they would have somebody capable of taking responsibility and not scared to take on defenders.”

Quotes via Goal.

Zaha claims Emery wanted him

This is not the first time Arsenal have been mentioned in the same breath as Zaha.

The player himself claimed earlier this year that Unai Emery wanted him when he was Arsenal boss, but the club opted for Nicolas Pepe over him.

But with Buendia now off to Villa and a £40m fee not that unreasonable for someone of his quality and experience, could Arsenal finally land Zaha?

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