Crystal Palace’s talismanic forward is pushing for a move to his boyhood club.
And the saga is beginning to get ugly with Zaha’s brother Judicael having spoken out on his desire to go.
Judicael told Sky Sports: “Wilfried will always hold Crystal Palace and their fans in the highest regard and all the support they have given means the world to him.
“It’s my brother’s dream, though, to play for Arsenal.
“Given all that Wilfried has given to Crystal Palace to help them remain a Premier League club, I hope Palace will be able to see their way to agreeing a deal with Arsenal that allows Wilfried to realise his dream of playing European football for the club he has supported since childhood.”
A £40m bid has already been put forward by the Gunners, although it is expected that will be rejected.
Palace have slapped a £100m price-tag on the 26-year-old goalscorer, while Arsenal only have a £45m budget to play with at present.
It is seen that for a deal to be agreed, a compromise is essential which would require Palace to reduce their demands and potentially Arsenal to set up a player-plus-cash proposal.
“We’ll see in the future”
While the transfer talks continues, Zaha is keeping himself occupied in Egypt at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
He scored for Ivory Coast in their 4-1 group stage win over Namibia last night, but attention inevitably turned to Arsenal following the match.
When asked after the game about the bid from Arsenal, Zaha told BBC Sport: “I don’t know we’ll see in the future.
“I have no comment on it, the only thing that’s on my mind now is trying to win this cup.
“[What] I’m fixated on is how far we go in the tournament.”
Arsenal may have to wait patiently when it comes to dealing directly with Zaha as Ivory Coast are now through to the round of 16.
They will play the winner of Group E on Monday, July 8 with the tournament set to conclude on July 19.
Palace and Arsenal are in discussions in the meantime, and it is clear Zaha is desperate to head for the Emirates Stadium.
Whether Eagles chairman Steve Parish backs down and allows Zaha to follow £50m Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of Selhurst Park this summer remains to be seen.