The Gunners have already made a £40m bid for the Ivorian to Crystal Palace and while the signing could resolve Arsenal’s need for a top-drawer wide player (with Alex Iwobi the most senior wide midfielder by trade), the sense of a Zaha signing – considering the efficient potency of their main two strikers that already exists – is lost on some pundits.
One of those is ESPN’s Alejandro Moreno, who thinks Arsenal are better off diverting attention away from Zaha altogether.
According to The Daily Express, he said: “Arsenal need other types of players. I don’t think this is a guy that you go after if you’re Arsenal.”
And looking at the goal returns of Arsenal’s top two strikers last season, the urgent need for another attacker compared to an extra defender – particularly in light of recent developments surrounding Laurent Koscielny – seems almost non-existent considering the defensive woes The Gunners will have to improve upon next season.
Moreno doesn’t deny the value that Zaha could bring to an Arsenal side, but the fact that Arsenal seem to be chasing him at this present moment in time, without an obvious vacancy in the Gunners attack, looks to be the more puzzling aspect of the mooted deal.