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Zaha supports Arsenal’s new star signing

Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal
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Wilfried Zaha remained at Crystal Palace after a summer saga which almost saw him leave for Everton.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Palace held on to Zaha firmly, disabling his move to the Toffees.

After an initial fallout with the club, Zaha looks happy on the pitch again. He’s playing up to his standards, leading Palace to a top-four in the league table.

Zaha knows what it’s like to play for a big club under a lot of pressure. He’s played at Manchester United a couple of seasons ago, before moving back to Palace.

It was a tough period for United, as Ferguson just left the club. The Ivorian did the right thing and found his best form again at Crystal Palace.

Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal is facing an even bigger pressure; the Ivorian moved from Lille for a fee of around €80 million this summer.

Talking to BBC Africa, Zaha praised Pepe by saying:

“I have got nothing but faith in him,

“I’ve got confidence that he will produce the same thing that he did before because we both play for Ivory Coast and I’ve seen the talent he’s got, but not everyone sees it.

“I see the social media, I see everything and it’s a thing where he needs time.

Zaha knows that Pepe will come out of it stronger, adding:

“He’s come from another league, he’s young.

“There’s this price tag that he has not put on himself, people have put that on him because of his performances, so you’ve got to give him time for him to reproduce that, it’s not going to come like that.”

With these two in the attacking line, Ivory Coast is setting up for another legendary generation in the making, after Didier Drogba led the nation to AFCON glory in 2015.