Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha absent from Crystal Palace kit launch amid rumours

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is keen to secure a deal for former Manchester United forward Zaha this summer after the player revealed his intention to play European football next season.

Crystal Palace have now hinted that the 26-year-old will not play for the club next season despite Arsenal’s failure to match their valuation of the Ivory Coast international so far.

The Eagles released their new Puma away kit on Thursday which went down well with supporters, but the absence of Zaha did not.

Although the former England international is currently in Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations, if he was likely to remain at the club then photographs could’ve been taken prior to his departure.

Zaha made his desire to join the club that he supported as a youngster clear last month while his brother asked Palace to respect his wishes.

A £40million bid from the Gunners was subsequently rejected with Palace asking for no less than £80m.

In another transfer twist, Zaha hit out at the current speculation by shutting down a mystery source.

“Whatever happened to speaking facts?” Zaha questioned on Saturday.

“It’s sad and annoying how anyone will just open their mouth and speak on things or situations they know absolutely nothing about.”

When rumours of his desire to join Arsenal begun last month, Judicael Zaha decided to speak on his brother’s behalf to Sky Sports.

He said: “Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they’ve given means the world to him.

“It’s my brother’s dream though, to play for Arsenal.

“Given all Wilfried has given to Palace to help them remain a PL club.

“I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European Football for the club he’s supported since childhood.”

Shortly after his brother gave Palace transfer the transfer plea, Zaha refused to be drawn into the speculation.

When quizzed by On Sport, he said: “I have no comment on it. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup [Africa Cup of Nations].”

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