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“I had talks with Emery, Arsenal decided to sign Pepe” Zaha reveals

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Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast forward, Wilfried Zaha, has revealed he had conversations with former Arsenal coach Unai Emery over a potential switch to the Emirates before the Gunners chiefs signed Nicolas Pepe.

Zaha is always the news as regards a transfer out of Crystal Palace to a top side and Arsenal are the most linked with the former United youngster.

The Anglo Ivorian winger had successful talks with Emery but despite the positive conversation the chiefs opted for another Ivorian International.

The Gunners signed Nicolas Pepe for club record fee of £72m from french side Lille.

Zaha explained how the failed transfer occured on Jamie Carragher’s ‘The Greatest Game’ podcast (via Metro).

He said: “I had a conversation with the manager, actually.

“He was just like, ‘we don’t need to go through much’. He’s seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. It was like, ‘yeah, we’d love to have you’. And I was just like, ‘I’d love to come’.

“The conversation was rather straightforward because I’ve played against him when he’s managed Arsenal. He’s seen what I can do, he’s seen my work rate, what I can add to the team.

“Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose. And obviously they chose Pepe over me.”

The 28 year-old believes he was overlooked because he was a known face in the Premier League.

Yeah, 100 per cent,” he said when asked if players from foreign leagues are preferred.

“You’re seeing a player come from Brazil or another league, they’re always going to attract more attention. But I just think if there’s a player who plays in the Premier League who you see week in, week out, and you know what he does… I feel like it’s a no-brainer.

‘The other leagues, I feel like they are totally different, in the Prem there are no easy games whatsoever. Every team is going to give you a run for your money. There’s no game where you’re going to go, ‘yeah, we’re going to win 5-0’. That’s my thought.

“I totally understand what you mean. I feel like when players come from abroad, I don’t know, they just have that edge with clubs, it’s just like [they say], ‘yeah, I may want him a bit more because he’s from there’.”

Everton had a bid for Zaha rejected in the summer of 2019 and he has consistently been linked with a move away.

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Matic Forced to Fine himself at Manchester United

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Matic Forced to Fine himself at Manchester United

The Serbian midfielder enforces training ground rules for the Red Devils and admits to running a tight ship that has left “a lot of money” in the pot

Nemanja Matic admits to having been forced to fine himself at Manchester United, but the Serbian midfielder blames Paul Pogba for his training ground misdemeanour and intends to bill the Frenchman for “50 per cent”.

alongside Harry Maguire, in charge of ensuring that rules and regulations are adhered to within the Red Devils’ ranks.

Matic is running a tight ship, leading to “a lot of money” going into the pot, with the 32-year-old revealing that he has had to put a hand into his own pocket after being caught chatting with Pogba.


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Mikel Arteta Claims Aubameyang has past his best

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Mikel Arteta Claims Aubameyang has past his best

The Gunners boss claims to have no complaints with a striker who has hit 11 goals this season and remains an important part of future plans

Mikel Arteta has shrugged off claims that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “past his best” and “lost his superpower”, with the Arsenal boss adamant that the Gunners’ club captain still has an important role to play at Emirates Stadium.

with a 31-year-old tied to a lucrative contract proving to be less prolific than he has been in recent times.

Aubameyang does, however, have 11 goals to his name across all competitions and retains the full support of his manager, regardless of what others might think.


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Anfield set ablaze by Burnley

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After 68 games, 55 wins, 13 draws and almost four years, fortress Anfield has finally been stormed by Burnley. The Sean Dyche team were the only team to take points off Liverpool at home last season.

Now they added a still greater distinction, Ashley Barnes’s late penalty making them the first team since Crystal Palace in April 2017 to take three points here in thePremier League.

Their first win at Anfield since 1974, like victory at Arsenal last month, is another historic feat for Sean Dyche, but Liverpool’s problems intensified. They have taken three points from a possible 15 and gone 438 minutes without a league goal. Jürgen Klopp’s side have suffered from the January blues before, but this is a particularly acute case.

Jurgen Klopp chose to start Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri ahead of Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in search of a first goal in five Premier League games.

Origi hit the woodwork in the first half when the Belgium international failed to capitalise on Liverpool FC’s best chance to end Burnley’s resistance.

The defending Premier League champions were unable to find a way past a stubborn Burnley defence.

Klopp turned to Salah and Firmino from the bench and the Brazilian forward squandered a great chance to score his sixth goal of the Premier League campaign.

But Burnley were the team to finally break the deadlock when Ashley Barnes scored from the penalty spot with five minutes left to play after Alisson brought down the English striker.


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