The gunners has today completed the signing of 25-year-old Ukraine international from Manchester City in a deal worth £32m.
The player signs on a four year deal with the gunners, having made 128 appearances for Manchester City and playing 52 times for his country Ukraine.
The gunners were said to be interested in Argentina Lissandro Martinez, but due to their failure to meet the club’s valuation of the player, the missed out on the players who later pitched his tent with United.
As a result of this, the gunners turned attention to Zinchenko, who had worked with Mikel Arteta before, and was also available on a cheaper price as compared to Martinez.
Oleksander Zinchenko developed through the youth academy at Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, moving to FC Ufa in Russia in 2015. After 31 appearances with FC Ufa, he signed for Manchester City in June 2016, spending the 2016/17 on loan at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, before returning to City the following season.
The Left-footed Zinchenko who’s so versatile is comfortable operating in midfield and defence, he has won both the Premier League and League Cup four times. He has also won the FA Cup once and played in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final.
Mikel Arteta when interviewed on the players arrival said:
“We’re so happy Alex has joined us. He’s a player that I personally know really well and continued to follow him after my time at Manchester City. Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility.
It’s not only about the positions he can play but as well, the versatility he will give us in attack and defence. Alex is a person with great human qualities and character, and I’m delighted that everyone has made this huge effort to bring Alex to the club.”
Zinchenkobecomes the fifth new signing for the gunners ahead of the new season. He joins Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira as new arrivals to the club.