‘Zaha not the right option for Arsenal at £100m’

first_imgWilfried Zaha’s quality is not in doubt, but former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is not convinced that he is the answer for Arsenal at £100 million ($127m).The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and the boyhood Arsenal fan is said to have pleaded with current club Crystal Palace to grant him a switch across London during the current transfer window.Unai Emery is, however, working with a limited transfer budget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He is having to get creative in his recruitment and the general consensus is that he does not have the funds to make a move for Zaha, with other areas of his squad considered to be in greater need of strengthening.Parlour told Sky Sports when quizzed on whether Arsenal should be approaching a talented 26-year-old: “He’d be a good signing but it depends on how much he is going to go for.“Reportedly £100m, which is a lot of money. It’s a lot of money to splash out on one player.“You might look at other positions needing strengthening as well.“Depending on the budget, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s certainly a very good player, real quality.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19Parlour is not the only former Arsenal star to have questioned the logic of Emery investing a sizeable chunk of his transfer kitty on Zaha.Ex-goalkeeper David Seaman feels the Palace star would be any unnecessary luxury in north London.He has reiterated that defensive additions should be prioritised this summer, with the Gunners already well-stocked for creative forwards.“There’s talk of Zaha coming in but that’s not really the position that we need, which is strange,” said Seaman.“I wouldn’t have thought [Wilf Zaha will be wearing the Arsenal shirt], I’d be very surprised if he did. I’d rather see a good defender wearing it!”Emery is in the market for reinforcements at the back.Sources close to a proposed €25 million (£23m/$29m) raid for Saint-Etienne defender Willian Saliba have revealed that transfer talks are open as Arsenal seek to beat arch-rivals Tottenham to the teenage centre-half.last_img read more

BJP wants Tamils protected

BJP MP and General Secretary Kumar is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. “Human rights have to be safeguarded and we want a united secular Sri Lanka where all the citizens have equal rights and are not discriminated against. We will take all steps to ensure this when we come back to power,” Kumar said. “The only way forward is how diplomacy is used and we should not shy away from strongly and effectively conveying our feelings and concerns to the Sri Lankan authorities,” he said.The foreign policy of BJP will be on the lines of national interest with a clear decisiveness, he said. India’s opposition BJP says Tamils in Sri Lanka should be given special protection and their safety must be assured.BJP leader Ananth Kumar who is on a visit to the US with BJP chief Rajnath Singh, said the Sri Lankan government should come out with a model where the Tamils will have a major say in the socio-political and economic development of the island-nation and contribute to the growth of the nation and are not discriminated against, the Press Trust of India reported. read more