Arsene Wenger berated for transfer target admission
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger’s reported interest in Wilfired Zaha sparks angry Ian Holloway response
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been told to concentrate on his own players by Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway following comments made about Wilfried Zaha.
The Frenchman revealed his interest in the highly-rates winger earlier this week and reports emerged claiming the Emirates Stadium club would make a move for him in January, something that has angered Holloway.
The former Blackpool manager, who only joined the Eagles from there less than a month ago, berated his Arsenal counterpart for talking about players from other sides.
“Why is he talking about my players? I don't think that's right and proper, with the greatest respect,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“I don't think anybody who manages any other club should actually admit who he likes and what he should be doing. I think that's totally bad etiquette. He can say what he likes but about his players, not mine.”
Zaha made his England debut in November and has been consistently putting in outstanding performances, taking his side to the top of the Championship before last weekend.
The 20-year-old has subsequently been linked with a number of top Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Wenger was asked about his reported interest.
“We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad - but he is not more on the list than anyone else,” he replied.
This was taken at the time as an admission of interest in Zaha, which Holloway obviously believes should be kept in private.
Zaha’s England debut came against Sweden earlier this month, but he was handed a tough decision over his international allegiances when Chelsea legend Didier Drogba attempted to lure him into declaring for Ivory Coast.
Zaha was born in Abidjan, but moved to south London when a child, so is eligible to play for either nation.