Unai Emery is a big admirer of the Palace star after yet another brilliant season in the Premier League but failure to qualify for the Champions League has derailed any plans to sign him.
As a consequence of a third consecutive season in the Europa League, Arsenal’s budget in the transfer window is just £45million, which would be nowhere near enough to sign Zaha.
Arsenal may have to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to raise funds for Wiflried Zaha
According to the BBC, Arsenal were confident of having the necessary funds to acquire Zaha’s services if they secured a Champions League spot with victory over Chelsea in the Europa League final.
But now the Gunners would have to ‘raise substantial funds’ if they want to tempt Palace to sell the 26-year-old.
And the report claims that the most realistic way of requiring the necessary funds would be to offload Gabonese striker Aubameyang.
Unai Emery is keen on bringing in Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast star Zaha this summer
It would be a major dilemma for Arsenal, as they would ideally not want to lose the Premier League’s joint top goalscorer from last season.
Aubameyang scored 22 times for the north London outfit last term, equalling Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The 30-year-old only joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 for £56m and hit the ground running at the Emirates.