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Why Wilfried Zaha should've joined Arsenal

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Wilfried Zaha had a big decision to make last January as both Manchester United and Arsenal were vying for the then Crystal Palace winger's services.

Arsenal, the club who Zaha supported as a boy, were said to be leading the race to sign the starlet until Sir Alex Ferguson intervened to steal him away from Arsene Wenger's grasp.

Zaha was by far the best player in the Championship at the time, helping the Eagles to seal a place in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old, speaking shortly after his £15million move to Old Trafford, told The Sun: "It was always Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal in terms of where I could be going.

"I am just anxious and excited. It will be something different. When I walk into that dressing room at United. I do not know what I will feel. I will keep my head down as I am there to play football.

"But I have to admit I will be a bit starstruck. Van Persie and Giggs will be in there - wow. Rooney will be in there - amazing. How can I not be looking forward to this?"

Just under nine months later and Zaha has not made played a minute of competitive football at Manchester United.

Zaha, who will go down in history as Ferguson's last major signing, has may been heavily affected by Ferguson's departure.

Ferguson's replacement - David Moyes - does not seem to fancy Zaha as he has instead opted to play the heavily criticised Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the wings.

Moyes has also decided to play Adnan Januzaj ahead of Zaha when he has looked to add some youthful exuberance to his team.

Zaha wouldn't have expected to walk straight into the Manchester United starting line-up - but he should have been given a chance to impress in at least one of the Red Devils' eight competitive matches.

Zaha must now be asking himself: Have I made a mistake in rejecting Arsenal?

The Ivorian-born starlet would have been given the chance to impress at the Emirates Stadium.

Just look at Arsenal's 18-year-old starlet Serge Gnabry, who has started three Premier League games for Wenger's side already.

Zaha may eventually break into the Manchester United team but he will want to be playing now, especially with next summer's World Cup in Brazil approaching.

Moyes has told Zaha that he will have to patient, but just how long will the starlet be willing to wait for a chance to shine on the Premier League stage?

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