Ian Wright believes Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has the ability to play for Arsenal despite being a ‘maverick’.
Zaha has been in good form for Palace this season, scoring four goals in 12 Premier League appearances. The 25-year-old is showing his best form just as the January transfer window is approaching.
He is being linked with a move to a bigger club, most notably Arsenal and Tottenham. Ian Wright, a former Palace player himself, feels the Ivorian international has what it takes to make the step-up.
“I believe Zaha is someone who loves it there,” Wright told Sky Sports’ The Debate. “If he moved on, would they understand him with the way he plays? Would he fit in with someone else’s style in the way Palace has him play exactly the way he wants?
“Wilf has a decision to make. If he carries on playing like that, then teams will want him. I know Spurs linked and I think Arsenal been linked and they should be. Ability-wise, he’s easily good enough for Arsenal. To play in a certain system is different as he’s a bit of a maverick.”
Zaha has always been an unpredictable player that hasn’t always had the best end product. He’s scored 38 goals in 287 appearances throughout his career, which doesn’t scream Arsenal standard.
However, he is capable of quality moments, and seems to thrive when given attacking freedom. Arsenal were interested in Zaha before he moved to Manchester United in 2013.
With Alexis Sanchez’s future almost certainly away from the club’s, and continuing doubts over the futures of Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, Arsenal could look to strengthen their attack.
Zaha is becoming a big fish in a small pond, but it remains to be seen how he would perform at a bigger club now after his struggles at Manchester United.