Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta appear to be in total agreement over Wilfried Zaha – who was close to joining Arsenal.
The Crystal Palace star was keen on signing for the Gunners when they showed an interest in 2019.
The Ivory Coast was coming off the back of his best season, scoring 10 and setting up four in the Premier League.
Emery was in charge at the Emirates at the time and was pushing for a move.
But the Arsenal board were not so keen and went for Lille star Nicolas Pepe instead in a deal worth £72m.
The forward failed to hit the heights expected last season and Emery was sacked not long into the campaign.
The Spaniard recently opened up over his attempts to sign Zaha, insisting he would have been an instant hit in north London.
He told Football London: "I was thinking the adaption was easier for Zaha because he was playing in the Premier League and you didn’t know exactly how fast Nicolas Pepe can adapt to the Premier League because I know you can need some time to adapt.
"I was thinking at this time that the adaption of Zaha was probably easier and faster than Pepe."
And it appears his compatriot and successor at Arsenal has agreed with Arteta previously stating that Zaha is a "big name".
"Well, undoubtedly he’s a player that has done exceptionally well in the Premier League," Arteta said.
"He has created a big name, because what he’s been able to do, sometimes just on his own, some individual actions that’s what people highlight all the time.”
Zaha has also spoke candidly about the approach the Gunners made, admitting he spoke to Emery and was keen on a transfer to go ahead.
"I had a conversation with the manager. [Unai] Emery was just like, 'We don't really need to go through much'," Zaha told the Greatest Game Podcast.
"He said he'd seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that.
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"He was like, 'Yeah we'd love to have you' and I was just like, 'Yeah I'd love to come’.
"The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal. He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.
"Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose and they chose Pepe over me."
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