Wilfried Zaha says he wants the chance to play at the highest level and in the Champions League, with Crystal Palace reportedly starting to feel it may be time to sell.
Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of Palace’s trip to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Zaha admitted that to fulfil his potential he needs to be playing at the very top.
“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies. I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.
“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”
Zaha has had another strong season with Palace, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists in 32 games so far. As usual, his biggest strength is his dribbling, and he’s excellent at drawing fouls, as Arsenal fans know all too well from the 2-2 at Selhurst Park earlier in the campaign.
That could make him a good option for Arsenal, who lack those sorts of individual difference makers and rely more on team goals. Plus, Zaha wouldn’t need time to adapt to the Premier League after signing.
The problem is that Palace are only willing to do business for well above £50m, according to the Mail, which probably rules Arsenal out. On the other hand, the feeling behind the scenes at the club is that this summer might be the right time to let him leave. We’ll see what happens this summer.