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Arsenal wanted to sign me under Unai Emery - Wilfred Zaha

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Arsenal were in the transfer market for a winger back in 2018 and it was reported that Unai Emery identified Crystal Palace star as the main target for the team. 
But it looked like the former Arsenal boss was keen on bringing Wilfred Zaha to the Emirates stadium. 

At the end of the window, Arsenal changed their plan to move for Nicolas Pepe who is 24 years old. 

Pepe who scored 22 goals in 38 Ligue 1 matches in the 2018-19 season made the move to the Premier League for a club record fee of 72m pounds. 

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace star, Wilfred Zaha has opened up on the reason the deal didn't go through. The Ivorian revealed that he had a conversation with the former coach, Emery. 

"I had a conversation with the manager. [Unai] Emery was just like, 'We don't really need to go through much'," the 28-year-old told the Greatest Game Podcast.

"He said he'd seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. He was like, 'Yeah we'd love to have you' and I was just like, 'Yeah I'd love to come'.

Recall that Arsenal sacked Unai Emery in 2019 due to poor run of games which saw Mikel Arteta replace him. 

Unai Emery has gone ahead to Spain to become manager of Villarreal. 

Zaha added that he held a conversation with Emery and he thought the manager was convinced with his work rate for Palace. 

Zaha added: "The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal. He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.

"Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose and they chose Pepe over me."

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