Arsenal rejected the opportunity to buy Manchester United’s exciting January transfer window signing Wilfried Zaha, according to the Express.

The Crystal Palace winger was one of the Championship’s players of the season and there was much speculation surrounding his future with numerous Premier League clubs other than Arsenal and Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson eventually won what was reported to be a race to sign Zaha, with the Old Trafford club paying £15million for his signature before immediately loaning him back to Crystal Palace for the remainder of the season.

Despite Arsenal repeatedly being linked with an interest in Zaha during January, former Palace chairman Ron Noades has insisted the Gunners were never interested in signing him.

Noades claims he was actively trying to get Zaha to join the club he supported over rivals Manchester United because he wanted the 20-year-old to stay in the capital.

“When Steve Parish sold Zaha I was mildly involved in it as I tried to get Arsenal to buy him, but they were not interested,” he told the Express.

“I spoke to David Dein as I did not want Zaha to go to Manchester United, I wanted him to stay in London.”

Zaha remaining with Crystal Palace until the end of the season eventually paid off for Ian Holloway’s side, as he was a crucial factor in the playoff final victory to secure their place in the Premier League next season.

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