Roy Hodgson aims dig at Arsenal over failed summer move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha

first_imgRoy Hodgson aims dig at Arsenal over failed summer move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 5:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link750Shares Wilfried Zaha saw a ‘dream’ move to Arsenal fall through this summer (Picture: Getty)Roy Hodgson has claimed that Arsenal were ‘not really close’ to signing Wilfried Zaha in the summer after they failed with an offer for the Crystal Palace forward in July.The 26-year-old was one of Arsenal’s top transfer priorities in pre-season but their offer of £40m was rejected out-of-hand by the Eagles who criticised their Premier League rivals for attempting to unsettle the winger.Shortly after the end of the 2018-19 season, Zaha announced his intention to leave Palace in order to test himself at a higher level, saying: ‘I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast. For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.’ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal ended up signing Zaha’s international teammate Nicolas Pepe from Lille instead (Picture: Getty)Zaha even submitted a transfer request in August amid interest in him from Everton, however, Palace stood firm and held onto their prized asset with Arsenal instead switching their attentions to his international teammate Nicolas Pepe.When asked whether Zaha was close to joining the Gunners, Hodgson replied: ‘Not very close at all as far as I know.‘I believe that the money that was offered which was widely reported was reasonably accurate, and of course that was way below our valuation.He added: ‘Maybe when they made the offer for Wilf their situation was x, and then possibly things happened during a period of time and their situation changed and maybe more money became available. I have no idea. I can’t speak for Arsenal, for their intentions.‘If you really wanted to know how serious, how anxious they were to sign one of our players, they will have to answer the question.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollowing the speculation surrounding his future at Selhurst Park, Zaha has endured a subdued start to the season, failing to score and providing one solitary assist in Palace’s opening nine Premier League fixtures.Pepe, meanwhile, has made a slow start to life at the Emirates, scoring once and registering two assists in nine league matches, although the £72m signing from Lille did score two sensational free-kicks in a 3-2 win against Vitoria on Thursday.Zaha and Pepe are both expected to be in action when Palace travel across London to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img

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