Arsenal may have missed out on another of their transfer targets. There are reports that Manchester United are about to agree terms with Crystal Palace over the transfer of their winger Wilfried Zaha. Tottenham seem to have accepted defeat in their challenge for the England international, and the silence from Arsenal has been deafening, leaving the way clear for Alex Ferguson to complete the signing.
I hope this is not true, and that Arsenal have simply decided to wait until the summer. Crystal Palace have been adamant that they want to keep him for the duration of the season, but the Telegraph reports that United will agree to loan him back to Palace once the deal is agreed. If Arsenal do want the player in the summer, they need to make sure he knows before agreeing to move to Old Trafford. Ian Holloway wants the issue resolved one way or the other, because the uncertainty is affecting Zaha and his form.
Born in the the Ivory Coast, Zaha moved to London as a four year old and has grown up supporting Arsenal. He would prefer a move to the Emirates, but if Arsenal dither about we will lose out to United. Zaha is strong, quick and skilful, but still has a lot to learn. He is probably not the player we need right now, especially as it looks like Theo Walcott is close to signing a new contract, but is likely to be a star of the future. Do we really want him to go to Man United?