Arsene Wenger has rubbed Ian Holloway, manager of Crystal Palace and Gollum lookalike, up the wrong way by admitting his interest in making Wilfried Zaha an Arsenal player. Asked years ago on Soccer Saturday who would play him in a film, the eccentric Holloway suggested the Lord of the Rings character, and he is continuing the analogy with his obsession about his precious, the £20 million rated winger.
“Why is he talking about my players? I don’t think that’s right and proper, with the greatest respect.
“I don’t think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing.
“I think that’s totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes about his players, not mine.”
To be fair to Wenger, he was asked a specific question about Zaha, and was quite cagey with his answer.
“We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad, but he is not more on the list than anyone else.”
Maybe Holloway is over sensitive because he knows he is going to struggle to hold on to his star player in January, with a number of clubs preparing bids. Holloway has declared that Palace will not sell the player and that he does not want to leave, but that is sounding increasingly like desperation. If only he had a magic ring he could slip onto Zaha’s finger at the start of January and make him disappear for a month.