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Arteta responds to Zaha’s Arsenal transfer comments

Mikel Arteta, Wilfried Zaha
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The Crystal Palace star recently confessed he almost joined Arsenal ahead of Thursday’s visit to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta rates Wilfried Zaha highly as a player, but the Arsenal manager refused to comment on a potential transfer.

Zaha recently disclosed he held talks with Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery regarding a transfer in 2019. However, Arsenal opted to complete a club-record €80m deal for then-Lille star Nicolas Pepe instead.

“Well, undoubtedly he’s a player that has done exceptionally well in the Premier League,” Arteta said in response to Zaha’s comments as quoted in the Mirror.

“He has created a big name, because what he’s been able to do, sometimes just on his own, some individual actions that’s what people highlight all the time.

“But he’s a player that’s playing for Palace at the moment, and I have nothing to comment.”

Zaha and Palace will head to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday night to meet Arsenal in a Premier League match. A point is all that separates the clubs in the standings, yet the visitors are still three places below in 14th.