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first_imgMurray says Zaha was the ‘perfect’ fit for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray says Wilfried Zaha would have been the ‘perfect fit’ for Arsenal and is ‘surprised’ they signed Nicolas Pepe over the Eagles winger.The Gunners were reportedly interested in the 27-year-old last summer, but instead opted to shell out £72 million for Pepe from Ligue 1 side Lille.Arsenal’s record signing has struggled for consistency and is yet to acclimatise to the fast pace of the Premier League.Zaha’s future at Selhurst Park has once again been brought into question after Roy Hodgson admitted earlier this week that it is a ‘dilemma’ for the club if he is ‘so set on leaving’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBrighton striker Murray believes it is finally time for the Ivory Coast international to move on and can’t believe that the Gunners didn’t make a move for him last summer.‘Palace fans aren’t going to thank me for saying this but yeah, I think he needs to go, I think he needs to flourish,’ Murray told talkSPORT. Comment Wilfried Zaha’s former team-mate Glenn Murray ‘baffled’ Arsenal opted for Nicolas Pepe over Crystal Palace star Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Jul 2020 7:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link530Shares Pepe is yet to find his best form at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘I was really surprised that Arsenal didn’t go for him last year and decided to go for Nicolas Pepe.‘I feel as though he probably would have been a slightly cheaper option and an option that knows the league very well.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think staying in London would be good for him as well, he’s a real London boy and I just think he would have been the perfect fit [at Arsenal].‘It baffled me why they didn’t go for him.’MORE: Kia Joorabchian speaks out on Arsenal target Philippe Coutinho’s future and reveals when he will decide next moveMORE: Willian’s agent gives hope to Arsenal over free transfer from ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more