Wilfried Zaha has recently discussed how Unai Emery wanted to sign him whilst he was Arsenal boss.

Crystal Palace’s Zaha claims he had positive conversation with Unai Emery over Arsenal switch: ‘We’d love to have you’

Nicolas Pepe’s Arsenal struggles

Arsenal would secure Nicolas Pepe’s services in the summer of 2019.

The Gunners snapped the Ivorian up for a club-record £72m on the back of the winger enjoying a sensational campaign in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Since making the move to north London though, Pepe hasn’t come close to producing the exploits that made him such a desirable target in the first place.

In fact, Pepe has been so underwhelming that Mikel Arteta has actually spent much of this season playing an out of form, aging Willian on the right-wing instead of Pepe.

Crystal Palace’s Zaha claims he had positive conversation with Unai Emery over Arsenal switch: ‘We’d love to have you’

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on November 08, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Zaha on Arsenal switch

However, it does appear as though that had certain people got their way, things could have been very different at Arsenal.

Former Gunners boss Unai Emery has previously stated that he wanted to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha instead of Pepe.

And now Zaha himself has spoken out over his potential Arsenal switch on the latest episode of the Greatest Game podcast.

Zaha claims to have held positive talks with Emery, in which the Spaniard stated they would love to have him.

The still Palace man also said that he would love to have made the move to the Emirates:

“I had a conversation with the Emery, he was like ‘yeah we’d love to have you’ and I was just like ‘yeah I’d love to come. Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose. And they chose Pepe over me.”

”Emery was just like we don’t really need to go through much. He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that. The conversation was rather straight forward, he saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.”

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1 Liverpool FC 17 16 33
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3 Leicester City FC 17 10 32
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 16 14 29
5 Manchester City FC 15 11 29
6 Southampton FC 17 7 29
7 Everton FC 16 6 29
8 Aston Villa FC 15 13 26
9 Chelsea FC 17 11 26
10 West Ham United FC 17 3 26
11 Arsenal FC 17 1 23
12 Leeds United 17 -3 23
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 17 -6 22
14 Crystal Palace FC 17 -7 22
15 Newcastle United FC 16 -8 19
16 Burnley FC 15 -11 16
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 17 -7 14
18 Fulham FC 15 -10 11
19 West Bromwich Albion 17 -28 8
20 Sheffield United FC 17 -21 2
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 10
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 5
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