Arsenal star gives Wilfried Zaha transfer verdict and hints he could leave if deal is done

Arsenal have had a bid of £40million rejected for Ivory Coast winger Zaha after he informed his current club of his desire to leave.

Gunners fans are excited by the prospect of bringing in one of the Premier League’s best attacking talents ahead of the new season, with the club preparing a second offer.

One player that doesn’t seem too excited by the idea of Zaha becoming his team-mate is Iwobi, who admitted that the deal could hamper his development at the Emirates.

“I am not one to chicken out,” Iwobi told The Sun.

“I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough.

“So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting.

“But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.

“I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to.”

Iwobi has gone as far as suggesting that he could force an exit if Zaha’s arrival forces him into a substitute role, but hinted that it could fire him on to improve his performances.

He added: “Obviously, my joy is to play football and not just sit out.

“If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I have done all my life.

“We have big stars already, so by adding another one I’ll just have to prove I can do better than them.”

Iwobi spoke at the recent Africa Cup of Nations where his Nigeria side finished third, and outlined his desire to prove his doubters wrong when he returns to north London.

“I was still at school when I was hearing that [I wouldn’t make it for Arsenal].

“Maybe you think: ‘Football is not for you and you don’t want to play no more.’

“But it’s good to have that self-motivation to believe that you can prove your critics wrong.”

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