Arsenal have been linked incessantly with a move for the young Crystal Palce player, Wilfried Zaha, in recent weeks. Palace chairman is making all the right noises but I think they are resigned to losing the youngster, they just want to make sure that they get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
The new manager of Palace, Ian Holloway, has been raving about Zaha, despite only being in charge of him for two minutes. If you are trying not to sell a player, you don’t go around telling everyone how good he is. Managers will often say that a player has still got alot to learn, or is a work in progress, but there are stories in the papers today comparing Zaha with Messi and Ronaldo. That is a sales pitch if ever I heard one.
Zaha is good, there is no doubt about it, but Arsene Wenger must feel like he has just walked into Dodgy `Arrys Car Showroom. To top it all, The Mirror reports today that Jose Mourinho is planning a bid to take Zaha to Real Madrid. I am not saying that Zaha is not good enough, he was brilliant the other day as he inspired Palace to turn the game around against Peterborough in the Championship. But it was against Peterborough, in the Championship! I wonder if the Palace owners have any contacts on the Mirror staff.