Wilfried Zaha is an Arsenal fan, and Arsene Wenger is a Wilfried Zaha fan. Add to that the fact (we hope) that the Gunners are set to end the penny pinching ways of recent years and compete with the bigger clubs when it comes to transfer fees and wages, we might have thought it was simply a matter of time before Zaha was an Arsenal player.
Alex Ferguson and Manchester United have different ideas, however, and are set to provide a stern challenge to Arsenal for the 20-year old Crystal Palace and England star. United are believed to be willing to agree a deal with Palace that allows them to keep the winger until the summer, whereas Wenger was hoping to prise him from Ian Holloway’s side in January.
Arsenal may have to pay more money than they had planned to, or offer a similar deal to Palace to ensure that United do not beat us to one of our top transfer targets. Ferguson is also keen on Theo Walcott, but if Wenger can work his magic, he will have to look elsewhere.
If Wenger keeps Walcott until the summer and lets him leave on a free, at least we could have Zaha lined up to replace him in the summer?
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