Tuesday Dec 10, 2019. 08:00
Former Arsenal head coach Unai Emery wanted to sign both Thomas Partey and Wilfried Zaha in his time at the Emirates.
According to the Athletic, the 48-year-old was eager to boost his squad with the signing of the African duo, but the Gunners loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final and subsequent failure to qualify for the Uefa Champions League quashed his plans of doing just that.
Emery did eventually end up signing Nicolas Pépé from Lille for a club record fee, but this was after the North London club had several reported bids rejected for his Ivorian teammate, Zaha.
The Crystal Palace winger, who has directly contributed to four goals in 17 games this season, has since been linked with a move to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old could’ve been joined by Ghana international, Partey, at the Emirates, had Emery had his way.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder has established himself as a key member of Diego Simeone’s team in the Spanish capital.
Emery was sacked as Arsenal head coach last month following a string of poor results. The Gunners finally ended their winless run with a 3-1 win over West Ham United on Monday evening.