Cascarino ‘surprised’ Arsenal didn’t sign £30m player before West Ham

Tony Cascarino has admitted that he was ‘surprised’ Arsenal didn’t try to sign Kurt Zouma prior to his move to West Ham, as he told talkSPORT.

The former striker suggested that the 27-year-old has ‘done well’ at West Ham and he is the type of player that Arsenal ‘need’.

In the summer, the Hammers put £30 million on the table for Zouma’s talents (Sky Sports), as he swapped the colours of Chelsea for those in East London.

Meanwhile, over in North London, Arsenal paid that bit more for Ben White, who has had a strong start to life in the capital.


Given the qualities Zouma’s possesses, Cascarino praised West Ham for getting a deal done for the player.

“You go Zouma at centre-half, who has done well,” said Cascarino. “I was surprised, no-one else (went for him).

“I thought both Arsenal and Tottenham need that type of centre-half. Yet West Ham have been able to get that deal over the line.”

At the rate West Ham and David Moyes are going, they may well finish as one of the top dogs in London this season.

Chelsea were top of the pile during the last campaign, as they added a European Cup to their name to boot.

Whilst West Ham finished higher than the likes of Spurs and Arsenal – and they are currently ahead of the duo, at this moment in time.

But those at the Emirates are now on a roll and are seemingly starting to turn a corner.

Then there’s the small matter of Antonio Conte joining Spurs, which has added even more spice to proceedings.