Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been ordered to try to sign Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha this summer as the Gunners boss responded to Steven Gerrard’s claims about Bukayo Saka
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to return with a new offer crystal palace Striker Wilfried Zaha this summer.
The Gunners backed the Ivory Coast winger in 2019, with a £40m bid turned down before opting to bring in Nicolas Pepe instead for a club-record £72m. And Arsenal legend Paul Merson has recommended his return to the old club with a new approach to try and sign Zaha once the summer transfer window opens.
It comes as Mikel Arteta has responded to Steven Gerrard following the Aston Villa manager’s dig in Bukayo Saka. And Gary Neville has made a dramatic U-turn in his assessment of Arsenal and their boss Arteta.
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Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville appears to have dramatically changed his mind about Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal side.
Earlier in the season, Neville slammed Mikel Arteta after his ‘soft’ Arsenal side were ‘bullied’ in their opening weekend defeat by Brentford. It came after the pundit accused Arteta’s side of being “boring” in December 2020.
But with Arsenal now sitting in fourth place First LeagueNeville seems to have changed his mind, praising Arteta for “getting the maximum out of his team” and implementing a definitive style of play.
Arteta hits Gerrard back
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hit back at Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard over his claims about Bukayo Saka.
Saka was in impressive form as the Gunners beat Gerrard’s side last month when he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win for Arteta’s side. But after the game, the England winger said he was targeted by Villa’s players – a claim Gerrard took issue with as he told Saka “this is football”.
And the battle of words shows no sign of cooling off, with Arteta now demanding protection for the ‘best players’.
Gunners said to sign Zaha
Arsenal icon Paul Merson wants his former club to try and sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer.
The Gunners previously thought the Ivory Coast winger was too expensive and opted instead to spend a club-record £72m on Nicolas Pepe. But Merson believes Zaha ‘would have made a difference for Arsenal’ if their previous bid had been successful.
He also believes Zaha ‘won’t be staying at the Palace forever’ and the Gunners should step in with a new offer for him.
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