The impending exit of Nicolas Pepe has proven Arsenal wrong over their decision to shun a move for Wilfried Zaha. The Gunners made Pepe their record signing back in 2019, paying a hefty £72million to bring him in from Lille.
Zaha was one of the players who was thought to be an alternative target in that window for Arsenal, but he ended up staying at Crystal Palace. In the three seasons since, Pepe has struggled badly, while Zaha has continued to thrive at Selhurst Park.
In that timespan, Pepe has scored 16 Premier League goals, while Zaha has registered an astonishing 28. The contrast in their performances would add weight to the idea that former Palace boss Ian Holloway was correct when he questioned the Gunners for signing Pepe over Zaha.
“I am very surprised that Arsenal rate Nicolas Pepe better than Wilfried Zaha. I certainly don’t. I would be very sad if I don’t ever see Wilfried Zaha playing in the Champions League. I feel he is good enough for anyone in the world, including the teams that get there,” Holloway told GOAL in 2019.
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