English Premiership

Zaha on failed Arsenal transfer: 'My head was all over the place'

2019-10-09 11:31
Wilfried Zaha
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Cape Town - Crystal Palace star forward Wilfried Zaha admits that his "head was all over the place" at the start of the season.

The Ivorian winger was close to signing for Arsenal, but the London side were not willing to meet the £80 million value.

Arsenal eventually signed Nicolas Pepe for £72 million which meant Zaha's dream move was over.

However, Everton soon after made inquiries and Zaha reportedly handed in a transfer request, but the Merseyside Blues decided to not match Palace's asking price.

Everton then signed Alex Iwobi from Arsenal on transfer window deadline day.

Now, Zaha is looking to find the similar form he experienced last campaign as he helped Palace survive the relegation drop.

"I've got to prove every time that I'm the top player I claim to be, so I had to get over that quickly," he told BBC Africa.

"Obviously my head was a bit all over the place at the beginning of the season, but I had to nail down and just get on with it because the team deserved that."

"I have too much respect for my manager, the fans and my team-mates to treat them that way. It was a thing where 'okay, this hasn't happened, but I've got to get on with it'.

"I'm a Crystal Palace player and I'm just trying to perform to the best of my ability for my club. I'm not thinking about anything else and just taking each day as it comes."

- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien


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