Wilfried Zaha breaks silence after ‘sending transfer message to Arsenal’ on Instagram

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha gestures during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park, in London, England, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Peter Cziborra/Pool via AP)
Wilfried Zaha was desperate to join Arsenal last summer (Credits: AP)

Crystal Palace forward WIlfried Zaha has distanced himself from a video circulating online in which the winger can be seen pointing at a ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ sign in a nightclub.

The Ivory Coast international was desperate to join the Gunners last summer but Unai Emery opted for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe after months of frustrated talks with Palace over a fee.

Zaha struggled to get over the fact that he wasn’t granted his wish of leaving Selhurst Park and managed just four goals in 39 appearances for the Eagles last term.

The forward is currently on holiday after a prolonged Premier League season and a companion, Anthony Billing, posted a series of stories on his Instagram of himself and Zaha in a nightclub.

The first shows Zaha pointing at a neon sign that reads: ‘Zaha to Arsenal’ and is accompanied with the message: ‘So me and @wilfriedzaha have a message for you @arsenal’.

That was followed up by another story in which he posts: ‘@arsenal if you don’t sign this man up you lot are f*****g stupid you know the price is easy in today’s market’.

Palace are willing to listen to offers for Zaha this summer but they’re unlikely to get anywhere close to their £80m valuation that they had last summer given the financial effects of the pandemic.

And Zaha has done his best to distance himself from the the videos, by claiming he can’t control what other people post on their social media channels.

‘I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does,’ said Zaha.

Billing also later did his best to quash the speculation, saying it was just ‘banter’.

‘I can confirm that @wilfriedzaha had no partake in the banter last night,’ said Billing.

‘It was just a joke that I decided to go ahead with’.

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