Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave after Arsenal’s failed transfer bid

first_imgZaha scored ten league goals for Palace last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright is confident Zaha would be a ‘magnificent’ signing for his former club.He told The South China Morning Post: ‘We’re trying to get Wilfried Zaha, which would be magnificent.‘You want competition for places. Defensively, I think everyone can agree, we need some strength in there.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘You can always strengthen in the midfield. Aaron Ramsey’s gone.‘We need that midfielder who is going to join the front guys and try to contribute with goals.‘Goals is a premium so you always want to be linked with a striker that might be able to come and help.’MORE: Unai Emery convinced Dani Ceballos to join Arsenal in personal phone call Comment Zaha wants to leave Palace when he returns from the Africa Cup of Nations (Picture: Getty)Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists that Arsenal are still some way from meeting their valuation of Zaha.‘I don’t think Arsenal have actually made a bid that has come anywhere near our valuation,’ he said earlier this week.‘I’m sure the player realises that if someone’s going to take him away from us, he’ll expect clubs to pay the market value.‘Until someone does that, there’s not much to discuss regarding Wilf.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 4:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Hodgson says Arsenal are yet to meet Palace’s asking price for Zaha (Picture: Getty)Speaking ahead of the Ivory Coast’s last-16 win over Mali, Zaha refused to rule out a move to Arsenal.Asked about Arsenal’s failed £40m offer, Zaha told On Sport: ‘I have no comment on it. The only thing that’s on my mind right now is trying to win this cup [AFCON].’Pushed on whether he would like to play for Arsenal, he replied: ‘I don’t know… we’ll see in the future.’ Wilfried Zaha tells Crystal Palace he wants to leave after Arsenal’s failed transfer bid Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave (Picture: Getty)Wilfried Zaha has reportedly informed Crystal Palace that he wants to leave as he looks to force through his dream move to Arsenal this summer.The Gunners made a bid of around £40m for Zaha, 26, and included the option of three players to sweeten the deal, but Palace were quick to reject the offer.Though Palace were reportedly left ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ by Arsenal’s opening proposal, Unai Emery remains hopeful of landing the Ivory Coast international.However, the Eagles are holding out for a fee of £70m for Zaha and have no interest in allowing the forward to leave for half that price.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to Sky Sports, Zaha told Palace that he wishes to leave the club after returning from the 2019 Africa Cup Nations.Arsenal are expected to make another push for the former Manchester United man in the coming days.Zaha – Emery’s number one attacking target – is desperate to join Arsenal, the club he’s supported since he was a child. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

IHOC : Orange, Mercyhurst resume heated rivalry in conference tournament

first_imgMegan Skelly dejectedly watched as the Mercyhurst players celebrated by thrusting the College Hockey America championship trophy high above their heads.The sting was a familiar feeling for the deflated Syracuse team, which lost to the Lakers in the title game for the second consecutive season.‘During the game I actually thought we were going to win. It was such a heartbreaker,’ Skelly said. ‘It was so hard to watch them get a trophy, standing there and celebrating on the ice. We’ve had some very chippy, tough games, and to see them win for so many years definitely fuels the fire.’SU (10-21-3, 1-8-3 CHA) is set to renew its rivalry with Mercyhurst (22-6-3, 8-1-3 CHA) when the team travels to Moon Township, Pa., to square off against the top-seeded Lakers at noon Friday in the first round of the CHA tournament. Mercyhurst has won all nine conference championships since the CHA began in 2002, so the Orange needs a well-balanced effort to spark an upset and end the Lakers dominant run.Head coach Paul Flanagan has had reason to cringe when his team faces Mercyhurst. The Orange has never recorded a win against the Lakers in its four-year program history, going 0-17-1 all-time against the Lakers. SU’s narrow 5-4 loss in last year’s CHA tournament championship was one of the closest games it has ever played against the Lakers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe heartbreak remains with the SU players. Visions of the hoisted, beaming trophy remind them of what could have been. But the Orange geared its anger toward its struggles this season to try to avenge its losses to Mercyhurst and finally dismiss its bad fortunes.Junior defender Jacquie Greco said Syracuse will use that championship loss as a source of motivation when the puck drops.‘Every time we play Mercyhurst we use that (anger) to our advantage,’ Greco said. ‘We know how they play, we hate how they play and we would like nothing more than to beat them, especially in a playoff game when it really counts.’The rivalry between the two programs has raged all season. During a regular-season matchup Feb. 10, emotions quickly escalated.With time winding down in the third period and a probable 6-2 win at hand for the Lakers, senior Kelley Steadman reached over and ripped off an SU player’s helmet as she skated to the net. The Orange immediately retaliated and a scuffle broke out.It was a cheap play by Steadman. But Flanagan said that his team will need to prove its toughness by taking those blows and earning the respect of the Mercyhurst players.‘The penalty was a complete lack of sportsmanship on their part, but our team has to garner that respect,’ Flanagan said. ‘We shouldn’t be worried about what they might do. Instead, we need to worry about taking care of business ourselves. We need to beat this team.’Strategically, the Orange will rely on short bursts of momentum to capitalize against the Lakers. That starts with sacrificing their bodies on defense. Blocked shots by defenders and big saves from sophomore goaltender Kallie Billadeau are small things that SU must do to win.Beating Mercyhurst for the first time in program history will require the ultimate sacrifice. But Skelly said her moment of celebration against Mercyhurst is long overdue.‘I’ve wanted to beat Mercyhurst for four years,’ Skelly said. ‘To beat them would be a huge relief. It’s like a stepping stone for the program of the future. We’re only focusing on one game at a time, but if we can get a win, it would be amazing.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more