Arsenal manager has hailed Crystal Palace key player

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According to the Express, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed reported target Wilfried Zaha as ‘terrific’ and ‘unique’ after being questioned on the Gunners’ interest in the ace ahead of this weekend’s clash with Crystal Palace.

The Express reports that the north London outfit have a long-standing interest in the English-Ivorian forward, noting that the Gunners tabled a bid of £40m for the attacker last summer.

The report also highlights that the Blues are interested in the signing of the tricky star, which is valued at £80m by the Eagles.

Wilfried Zaha has been massively linked with a move to the top club after impressing at Crystal Palace.

Here’s what Mikel Arteta had to say about the skilful winger:

“I think he’s a terrific player and I think the impact he’s had in the Premier League in the last few years has been phenomenal,”

“His ability to create chances on his own is unique. We know Wilf and the type of talent he is.”

“When he gets isolated in one-on-one situations, we know what he can do.”

“Of course it will be part of the gameplan.”

Mikel Arteta will have the chance to get a first-hand look at Wilfried Zaha this weekend as the Gunners will be taking on Roy Hodgson’s men in the Premier League.

After a summer filled with transfer speculation, Wilfried Zaha’s start to the season has been quite slow. The 27-year-old forward has only scored three goals and registered two assists in 21 Premier League matches so far this term.

While the Ivory Coast international is undoubtedly a quality player, perhaps the Gunners should be focusing on strengthening their lacklustre defence rather than their attack – which has looked very exciting at times.