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Zaha’s ex-teammates baffled he didn’t join Arsenal last summer

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Two ex-Crystal Palace players, Clinton Morrison and Glenn Murray believe the time has come for Zaha to leave Selhurst Park.

Wilfred Zaha is likely expected to leave Crystal Palace this summer.

Going by the recent comments of Palace boss Roy Hodgson, there is a strong likelihood Zaha has his mind elsewhere.

The 27-year-old is not short of suitors though. The Ivorian came close to joining the Gunners last summer but the North London side eventually opted for compatriot Nicolas Pepe.

Reports claim Zaha could be available on the market for a respectable £50m and Arsenal are also rumored to have revived their interest in the forward.

Speaking on his future, ex-Palace players Murray and Morrisson think now is the right time for him to make an exit.

“Palace fans won’t thank me for saying this, but I do think Zaha needs to go, I think he needs to flourish,” former Eagles striker Murray told the talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Even as far back as when he joined Manchester United… I believe that if Sir Alex [Ferguson] still would have been in charge he would have been one of the best players out there now.

“I was really surprised Arsenal didn’t go for Zaha last year and they decided to go for Pepe.”

“It baffled me that they didn’t go for him. I feel Wilf would have been a slightly cheaper option and he’s someone that knows the league very well”

Despite his attacking numbers, Morrison insists Zaha is still one of the best in the Premier League.

“Even though he’s only scored four goals, he attracts a lot of players towards him when he’s on the ball.

“He’ll probably be the first person to say it hasn’t been his best season but, for me, when Wilfried Zaha is on his game he‘s one of the best wingers in the Premier League.”

“He’s got that natural skill no one else can do.”