‘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

UN Economic and Social Council set to open annual session in Geneva

ECOSOC – comprising 54 Member States representing all regions of the world – serves as the world body’s central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations to the UN and its Member States. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and ECOSOC President Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala are scheduled to address the opening of the high-level meeting. During this part of the four-week session, the Council expects to adopt a Ministerial Declaration on integrated rural development, providing policy guidance and recommendations for action. ECOSOC members will have before them a report by the Secretary-General, which analyzes the role of rural development in developing countries in poverty eradication and sustainable development and examines how to promote an integrated approach that would contribute to the attainment of the internationally agreed development goals. The Secretary-General’s report provides policy recommendations on ways to promote an integrated approach encompassing the economic, social and environmental dimensions, with a number of mutually reinforcing policies and programmes. Following the conclusion of the high-level segment, the Council will hold segments on operational activities of the UN for international development cooperation, coordination, humanitarian affairs and a general segment, in which members will consider a variety of other issues. read more