Arsenal go back to previous target as alternative to Wilfred Zaha

Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of wingers in the last few weeks but had settled on Crystal Palace star Wilfred Zaha, and only last week tabled a £40 Million bid.

However, it now appears that they have accepted that a deal for the 26-year-old is unlikely to happen and have now turned their attention back towards Bournemouth’s wing wizard Ryan Fraser, according to the latest reports.

Palace rejected Arsenal’s opening £40 Million bid and made it clear that it will cost a hell of a lot more for them to sanction the sale of the Ivory Coast international. The Eagles value Zaha between £80 and £100 Million, a figure just too much for the Gunners to meet.

Even with the touted player plus cash rumours, it would still not be enough and that is why Arsenal have reportedly decided they will get more luck trying to sign the Bournemouth forward.

Fraser is prolific with assists, only Eden Hazard beat the 17 goals that the Scotsman created last season and combined with his work rate has caught the attention of Unai Emery.

The Scottish international has just 12 months remaining on his contract and unless he pens an extension the Cherries have little option but to cash in this summer and that has opened the door for Arsenal to land the 26-year-old for a fee in the region of £20 Million.

Fraser may not have been Emery’s first choice but he is not a bad alternative to Zaha and from a financial perspective is arguably the better choice.

30 Comments

  1. Roshan says:

    Great decision in my opinion. Zaha was to expensive and not worth what CP want for him.

    Fraser is a better alternative. However what I don’t understand is why is there no talk or Fekir and Ziyech?

    1. gotanidea says:

      If Palace are willing to sell Zaha for 50 M, better get him because his trickeries could create a lot of free kicks for us. Unfortunately that would be highly improbable, because even a player like Ayoze Perez costed 30 M for such low contribution

      Fekir and Ziyech are not specialist wingers, they are more of no 10. We already have too many of no 10s

      1. Phil says:

        Oh yeah-too many No 10’s.Who are they all then.

      2. OxInTheBox says:

        Ozil and Miki. both rubbish, we should get a new no. 10, but it’s not the top priority.

        1. bestoftherest says:

          And Iwobi. UE preferably doesn’t play with classic no. 10.

          1. Phil says:

            you must be out of your tiny mind PAL if you believe Iwobi could play as a 10.As I continually say even his own country can’t trust him to play there yet YOU feel it’s ok for Arsenal.

  2. Innit says:

    Would love Ryan Fraser to join us, especially since he is a left winger (right footed)

    He would probably improve us imo and affordable too

    1. ozziegunner says:

      ? Spot on, Innit.

  3. Sanbet24 says:

    I prefer Ryan Fraser to Wilfred Zaha

  4. gotanidea says:

    Since we have got Tierney, it might be better to get another Scottish wide player like Fraser. They could form an excellent partnership on the left side, because they both play for Scotland national football team

    However, Fraser’s 30 M price tag could be the stumbling block and Arsenal should only pay no more than 25 M for him

    Zaha’s tricks and skills are on a par with Dembele, but we had better get Pepe or Chukwueze if Palace are asking for more than 50 M. We don’t have a good left-footed RW and I expect Malcom to come on loan as the cheapest solution

  5. AMOZ says:

    I prefer ryan fraser to zaha

    1. ozziegunner says:

      So do I – Ryan Fraser is a proven EPL player with Bournemouth, with an apparent professional attitude and a steady head and is on the way up,

  6. ARON says:

    i prefer zaha, he is really so pacy and talented on that wing

  7. Georgement says:

    To be frank after ramsey left do we really have a true no 10 apart from the timid ozil? Iwobi and mikhi are too inconsistent. The secret of the great barcelona and the present man city teams is that they have alot of no10s who retain the ball and create alot chances. But our style of play recently is too sterile,plain and boring . For me i prefer we buy fekir and ziyech

    1. Adajim says:

      Even if we have 100 who an ineffective, whats the point of quantity over quality. And according to ur point which i agree with, tje more the skillful/creative players the better dynamic a team is. Take city for example, D.Silver, B. Silver, K. Debryne even Fenandinho can all play no 10, still Pep use all to max efficiency, even there are games where all started and won big. I hope @gotanidea read ur comment

      1. GunneRay says:

        Good point! Then look at how many goals they score..

        We have Ozil as a lone No.10 and we struggle to get the goals we need!

        City are about attacking football but manage to defend from the front as well because all the players have the talent, trickery and energy to put a shift in!

  8. benex says:

    I think we need a left footed winger the most, if Arsenal were able to get malcom on loan, that would be better, we can use one of our academy product on the other side, but won’t mind if we get fraiser though.

    1. Adajim says:

      This academy players crusade that ppl are advertising will surely have backlash thats y i wouldnt want us risk them been exposed to arsenal fans that mostly look like hungary wolves.
      Malcom loan, Fraiser and Fekir deals could all cost us less than Zaha bid so it should be possible if our negogiators think those are needed.
      Lets not involve our young guys, we arsenal fans are not patient ,one or two costly mistakes from d guys and u know what will follow

      1. ozziegunner says:

        And they couldn’t beat Boreham Wood, so they have to be managed individually for integration into the first team (cups, Europa League early rounds) rather than on mass.

  9. Sean Williams says:

    There is so much ‘Talk the Talk’ at Arsenal but the supporters want ‘Walk the Walk. Action. Why not just pay the money and SIGN Tierney and Fraser? Then they can them come on the pre-season and PLAY for us. Factual players who are flesh and blood are what we need, not endless talk. It seems something is not right at the Emirates. Maybe Emery has had enough of all the nonsense.

    1. Marty says:

      Exactly, get the players signed and integrated in the club and have a good pre season with them. Otherwise we sign players in the last week of the transfer window then they can’t play in the opening games because not fit etc…..

      1. OxInTheBox says:

        getting them early is important but it’s more important to get the right player. better have the right one on deadline day that the wrong one now- it’s a 38 fixtures season…

        1. ozziegunner says:

          Tierney and Fraser are two of “the right players”.

  10. Joel says:

    Fraser’s stats for last season might seem very positive but they are loaded towards the first half.Bournemouth would be delighted to sell for anything in the region of 25-30 million as Eddie Howe knows that Fraser is something of a “one season wonder” and he’s undoubtedly peaked.Reiss Nelson has far more potential and should definitely been given a chance in preference to someone like Fraser.Living in Bournemouth I have a better understanding than most armchair pundits.Fraser would be a purchase in the mould of Groves or Boa Morte…A Limpar or Overmars he would never be!…and given our financial resources a huge waste of money!!

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Sorry to disagree.

  11. Scubagooner says:

    I hope this rumour is true and common sense prevails. Some may argue he is not as good as Zaha but in my opinion Zaha is Not 40m better.
    With him and tireny on the left I may actually become optomistic about the coming season. Having a best mate as a spud fan has become hard over the last few seasons.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      ?

  12. KAY Boss says:

    People just believe any rumor the media puts out there. No to Fraser. Some forget that players are credited with assists only when the chances created are finished off by a team mate. Fraser ain’t coming. Media just playing with arsenal fans since they sell more through them.
    Some prefer Fraser over Zaha?

    1. NONNY says:

      Some prefer Fraser over Zaha?
      Zaha to me ticks all boxes we need
      Fraser no no no

  13. Grandad says:

    Spot on Joel.

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