“Arsenal boss Unai Emery has requested extra funds from his board to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha this summer. The Gunners’ failure to qualify for the Champions League for a third successive season means Emery has been given just £45million to spend this summer. The Spaniard has been told he can top-up that budget through player sales and he’s considering offloading Mesut Ozil to raise funds. Zaha, 26, has made it clear to Palace he wants to leave this summer though he hoped to join a club in the Champions League.”
There are question marks regarding who Arsenal are going to end up signing during the summer transfer window, and rightly so. The Gunners are coming off the back of an exceptionally disappointing season, and there’s really no other way of getting around that. They lost in the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea and failed to break into the top four, meaning Champions League football is out of the question. That’s just a fact.
The transfer rumours have been flying around left, right and center over the course of the last few days in the wake of the summer transfer window officially opening. Now that the window is open, as you can imagine, there will be a series of different rumours with much, much speculation regarding who is going to be going where. Arsenal aren’t going to be immune from all of that, and hopefully, they’re going to wind up being busier than most in the window itself.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are willing to use Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson and Carl Jenkinson as makeweights in a deal to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. Reports suggest that the Ivory Coast international is rated in the £80million bracket.
The purse strings are set to be tight again at Arsenal this summer, so using players as a makeweight may prove to be the answer for the Gunners.
Zaha would be a good signing for Arsenal
The Gunners are reportedly looking to bring in a wide man this summer. Zaha is developing into a very dangerous attacking player and has been the focal point of the Eagles attack for much of the season.
West Ham 1-0 Arsenal
Just pitiful. There was no real fight and no real desire, to the point where we were left to wonder whether or not these players even want to secure Champions League football in the first place. The Hammers were a decent side this season but their aspirations weren’t nearly as high as Arsenal’s, and worse yet, the game so quickly after the half time interval. They just seemed to switch off and when you do that at such a high level like this, you’re obviously going to be punished.
Southampton 3-2 Arsenal
According to reports from Sky Sports, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has asked to leave the Eagles this summer. The 26-year-old is reportedly looking to play Champions League football next season. The news could be significant for Arsenal, as the Gunners are now 1/ 2 favourites to sign Zaha this summer.
Starting to fulfil his potential
Wilfried Zaha has started to fulfil his potential in the last few seasons in a poor Palace team. This season the Ivory Coast forward has scored ten league goals and produced five assists after playing much of the campaign as a central forward.
Everton 1-0 Arsenal
The disclaimer here is that Everton have been playing some really nice stuff in recent weeks, but at the same time, this isn’t a game Arsenal should’ve been losing – not by a long shot. They were just thoroughly outplayed from an attacking perspective and while they may have had the majority of the possession, they just weren’t able to do anything with it.
Arsenal 2-0 Napoli
Arsenal’s visit to Wolves Molineux later tonight is a massive one for the Gunners when it comes to their Champions League qualification hopes this season.
A 3-2 home defeat against Crystal Palace last time out has certainly thrown a spanner in the works of the Gunners top-four challenge. Most people took for granted that that Arsenal would win the clash, including the players it seemed, such was the Gunners stellar home form.
Wolves game now even more vital
The trip to Molineux to face Wolves was always going to be a vital one. The defeat against Palace has just made the clash even more important for Unai Emery’s side. The loss against the Eagles has seen the Gunners slip out of the top-four to fifth-place.
On Sunday, Arsenal suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners losing is not a major surprise, as they have shown they are prone to slip-ups at unexpected times.
However, the majority of those slip-ups are away from the Emirates. The team from north London are usually strong on home soil. In fact, Unai Emery’s team had won their previous eight home games in all competitions.
A poor defensive display
It must be said that Palace produced a good display and deserve credit for their victory. It’s tough to win at the Emirates and the Eagles produced an impressive display against Emery’s team.
On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners look to attempt to consolidate their position in the Premier League’s top four this season.
Arsenal heads into the game on the back of a 1-0 win at Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final second leg that saw the north London side make it through to the last four of the competition.
The win means that Unai Emery’s team has now won six of their last seven matches in all competitions. The fact that the Gunners have conceded just once in seven games has also played a big part in the recent improvement in results.