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What Roy Hodgson has said about Wilfried Zaha’s failed Arsenal move and the Palace star’s future

Roy Hodgson insists that Wilfried Zaha was “not very close” to joining Arsenal this summer as the Palace star prepares to face the Gunners this weekend.

The Eagles travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Arsenal in the Premier League, with Zaha set to come up against Unai Emery’s men for the first time since the Gunners had a bid turned down by Palace this summer.

Zaha was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer transfer window, while Everton were also linked, with the Ivory Coast international submitting a transfer request on the eve of the transfer deadline in a bid to force through a move.

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However, that failed to materialise and Zaha has since played in every Premier League game for the Eagles this season, with Hodgson opening up at his pre-match…