'Needs to leave': Former teammate tells Arsenal target to 'put himself at that better level'

Brian Heffernan April 17, 2021
'Needs to leave': Former teammate tells Arsenal target to 'put himself at that better level'
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Jason Puncheon feels Arsenal target Wilfred Zaha needs to leave Crystal Palace to play at a higher level, when speaking to TalkSPORT.

It’s been common knowledge for a while now that Arsenal are interested in Wilfred Zaha.

But recently, 90min wrote an exclusive report stating that once again the Gunners will be interested in signing Zaha in the summer.

The forward is currently playing for Crystal Palace, however, his former teammate Jason Puncheon feels Zaha should move to progress his career.

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Puncheon on Zaha’s exit

Jason Puncheon believes it would be painful for Crystal Palace fans and himself to see Wilfred Zaha leave.

But has said that’s what the forward needs to progress his career further:

“On a personal note as a Palace boy and a Palace fan you don’t want Wilfried to leave but on a personal note as a friend he needs to leave to put himself at that better level to prove he’s ready at that pedestal.

“I believe he’s been ready for the last two and a half years.”

Arsenal have been keen on Zaha for a while, so they surely agree that the forward has been ready for some time now.

It obviously all comes down to the financials and whether Palace are willing to let their loyal servant leave the club.

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Is the 28-year-old ready for the north London challenge?

Wilfred Zaha has been Crystal Palace’s star man for a number of seasons now.

And this season has been no different, with the 28-year-old managing to score nine goals in the Premier League.

Zaha also has two assists to his name and has kept an average Whoscored rating of 6.9 out of 10 across his 23 league outings.

These numbers are decent for a player playing in a mid-table side, and you would imagine they would increase when being surrounded by a higher level of teammates.

If the price is fair for both sides, this seems like a move Mikel Arteta should try and complete this summer.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.