McArthur says Palace have done ‘great business’ in the window

James McArthur (photo: Dan Westwell)

Midfielder James McArthur reckons it’s been a “great window” for Crystal Palace.

The Eagles are the third-lowest spenders in the Premier League this summer, having splashed out just £5.5million on Jordan Ayew and James McCarthy.

Gary Cahill and Stephen Henderson joined for free, while Victor Camarasa came in on loan from Real Betis.

Despite no replacement arriving for Aaron Wan-Bisska – who was sold to Manchester United for £50m – McArthur believes the club performed well in the transfer market, especially by holding onto wantaway forward Wilfried Zaha.

“Keeping Wilf was massive for the club, the signings we have made are going to aid the squad, too, and make us much stronger,” he told the Evening Standard.

“I think it has been a great window, the club have done great business which should help us push on. You need a big squad. Everyone is going to be used, everyone is going to be needed.”

McArthur says Zaha is fully committed to the Eagles even though he reportedly stated his desire to leave Selhurst Park and move to Arsenal and Everton.

“It is part and parcel of football now. At the time he felt that he wanted to go but I must say his attitude has been amazing since he has come back,” he added.

“He has accepted it and is fully committed to the squad, the team and the fans – look at the reception [they gave him], they appreciate everything he has done for this club. He is a brilliant lad.”


  1. Sorry. No disrespect to Jordan Ayew (but he was sort of already here and on the chances he was given last season, hardly sat the place on fire) but everyone said we needed new goalscorers and for goodness knows how many windows, we failed to sign anyone AGAIN. Time will tell if the other signings contribute/improve the team.

  2. I hold my hands up and say Ayew put in a great effort at (Man) United and took his goal chance very calmly. If he can make me eat my previous words, I’ll be happy for him and Palace.

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