Alex Iwobi admits he may have to quit Arsenal if Zaha joins the club from Crystal Palace.
And if Unai Emery is successful in his chase for the Ivory Coast winger, Iwobi could hand the Gunners boss an immediate headache.
‘I am not one to chicken out. I have had it all over the years, being told I’m not good enough’, Iwobi told The Sun.
‘So whenever the chance comes I always try and prove I should be starting. But it’s going to be difficult if Zaha comes. He will add more stress.
‘I am up for the fight but the only time I would consider leaving is if I am not playing as much as I would like to.
Crystal Palace star Zaha is Arsenal’s No 1 transfer target despite his £80million price tag
Iwobi says he would have ‘no choice but to leave’ if the Gunners brought in Zaha this summer
‘If it comes to that I would have no choice but to leave. But I would always put up a fight to play – that is what I have done all my life.’
Arsenal had an opening £40m bid for Zaha rejected earlier this month and have yet to register a second offer.
Zaha has already made Palace aware of his desire to leave as he seeks a new challenge.