Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Must Keep Chasing Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIOctober 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Wilfried Zaha of Palace looks on during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Doncaster Rovers at Selhurst Park on March 27, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Crystal Palace is insisting that it will hold on to star winger Wilfried Zaha, but Arsenal must continue to chase the young talent and ensure that he moves from South London to North London. 

Zaha is a 19-year-old winger who is one of England’s brightest young talents, and Steve Browett—his club’s co-chairman—recently said, via The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson, “I can assure you that Wilfried is not 'for sale.' We hope that he'll be playing Premier League football next season. For us.”

Browett made this comment under an alias on an online forum for the team, according to the report. If he were sincerely adamant about keeping Zaha, he would have made a statement in person to the press, not as “CPFC2010” over the Internet.

Steve Parish, the club’s other co-chairman does not appear to be on the same page as Browett, and he said, “Other sides can fly their kites but it would take £20m before we even got interested” (via ESPN).

Zaha is far too talented to stay at Crystal Palace with clubs like the Gunners, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all interested, according to the ESPN report.

Whether it is in January or in the summer, Zaha will be sold, and Arsene Wenger should ensure that he comes to Emirates Stadium. 

Last season in the Championship, Zaha recorded six goals and four assists. His efforts earned him the Young Player of the Year award.

He will likely top his scoring output from his last campaign as he has already hit the back of the net four times this season. His talent is undeniable, and he is an ideal transfer target for the Gunners. 

While his price may be steep, patience and negotiations would likely knock a few million pounds off and pull it down to a fee similar to the £12 million the team paid last summer to Southampton for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Zaha would join “Ox” as part of Arsenal’s talented corps of young attacking players and would be an excellent addition for both the club’s present and future success. 

Speed, skill and creativity on the wings is vital to Wenger’s style of football. The longtime manager would do well to add Zaha in the wake of a failed experiment with Andrey Arshavin that, according to ESPN, is rumored to be finally ending this January.

Zaha would not be a fixture in the starting 11 at first, but he would have the opportunity to earn this role alongside other starlets like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. 

He would be an ideal addition to the Gunners’ corps of players who will be among the best players in England in a few years.