Thu 21 July 2022 | 9:27

Arsenal to acquire Zinchenko from Man City

The Gunners boss said Oleksandr Zinchenko is an “exceptional footballer” before his move from Manchester City was finalized.

Mikel Arteta

had an interview after their 3-1 victory over

Orlando City

in their pre-season tour and the Arsenal boss said:

"As you've seen, he is here [in Orlando]. There are still a few formalities to get everything completed but we're really happy to have him.

"I know the player really well, he's an exceptional footballer and he is someone that is going to bring us another competitive edge to that dressing room."

The Gunners manager also talked about where he might use the Ukraine international, who featured as a left-back under the reign of Pep Guardiola and plays in the midfield at international level.

"He can play in both,"

added Arteta.

"He was a natural No 10 early in his career and we converted him into a left-back [at Manchester City], which can do a lot of things that we want in our way of playing. That versatility is something that is going to be important for the team because we have players in that position who are more specific full-backs, so I'm really happy.

"[Versatility] is one of the things and the way we can adapt structures, formations and rotations within the squad and playing with the same players in a different way. To be more unpredictable is obviously important and that is why we have recruited [versatile] players."

Zinchenko will be the club’s fifth signing this summer after Gabriel Jesus (£45m), Fabio Vieira (£34m), Matt Turner (£7.5m) and Marquinhos (£3m), whereas Alexandre Lacazette is still the only departure from the first team.

"We have a large squad,"

added Arteta.

"We have to make some decisions on the players that we're not going to be using consistently and be fair and straight with them and that's a process that is going to start very soon as well.

"We have to, and now we have to make things happen.

source: SportMob

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