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Arsenal: Oleksandr Zinchenko ‘excited’ by £35m move as Gunners repeat Gabriel Jesus trick | Football | Sport

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Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko is claimed to be ‘excited’ concerning the prospect of reuniting with Mikel Arteta at Arsenal this summer as a switch grows increasingly likely. The Gunners are in talks over a £35million deal to sign Zinchenko, with Arteta trying to his former employers again for his fifth summer signing.

Arsenal have reportedly already began discussions over the 25-year-old’s personal terms, doing so concurrently with their contact with Man City over agreeing a transfer fee. The north Londoners hope to swiftly close the cope with lower than a month to go until the 2022/23 season begins and Arteta eyeing midfield reinforcements.

All signs point toward Zinchenko accepting a move to the Emirates Stadium. In accordance with CBS, Man City are open to cashing in on the Ukraine international, and he’s looking forward to working with Arteta again, albeit in a special setting.

The Spanish boss has even been described as a ‘big factor’ in Zinchenko’s willingness to ditch the trophy-laden haven under Pep Guardiola, similarly to Gabriel Jesus. The report adds that despite short negotiations, there may be now growing confidence at Arsenal that the deal will occur.

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Zinchenko is probably going open to sacrificing Champions League football and almost guaranteed trophies on the Etihad Stadium for the chance of more regular game time. He has been a crucial a part of Guardiola’s squad since joining from Ufa in 2016 but is widely considered a rotation player.

His versatility would’ve undoubtedly attracted Arteta, given he can operate as a left-back, central midfielder and attacking midfielder. And with Arsenal back within the Europa League this season, his presence and that exact trait will help counter a busy schedule further intensified by the winter World Cup in Qatar.

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With Kieran Tierney liable to injuries and Nuno Tavares uninspiring in his debut season in England, Zinchenko could well act as Arteta’s first-choice left-back throughout the 2022/23 campaign. He more commonly plays in midfield for Ukraine, though, so Arteta could view him as competition for the likes of Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

Given Arsenal have also signed FC Porto playmaker Fabio Viera in a £34m deal this summer to compete with Martin Odegaard, Zinchenko is not prone to see much game time in attacking midfield. His Emirates arrival carries loads of intrigue, and his eagerness to hitch Arsenal will definitely fill supporters with encouragement.

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