Arsenal Eye Oleksandr Zinchenko After Martinez Snub

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Arsenal and Manchester City have begun talks over the sale of Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Ukrainian player will be the second City player to join the Gunners, should the deal go through. He will join Gabriel Jesus in North London. 

David Ornstein claims that with a deal for Lisandro Martinez off the table, Oleksandr Zinchenko is now Arsenal’s first priority. Similar to Martinez, Zinchenko can play in midfield or at left-back. That would enable him to support the Gunners and compete in a few crucial spots.

Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his options in the middle of the park. Granit Xhaka has often been inconsistent, while Mohammed Elneny has failed to nail a starting spot in the team. There are doubts about Thomas Partey’s participation next season due to off-field issues.

Zinchenko can be a wonderful addition in this scenario. Although he has primarily featured at left-back under Pep Guardiola, he often tucks into midfield to provide creativity and numbers in the centre. Zinchenko is not a traditional left-back who stretches play, and is primarily a midfielder, all things considered.

Besides, his experience as a fullback can make Zinchenko a  valuable depth option for Areeta. Kieran Tierney is a quality player but is injury prone. Having a player who can provide cover in that area of the pitch is an appealing prospect.

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Manchester City and Arsenal are in communication regarding the deal, and City is willing to sell if their asking price is met. Arsenal haven’t met it thus far.

Additionally, Mikel Arteta’s side needs to reach an agreement on personal terms. Zinchenko and Arteta have a close relationship due to his time at the Etihad. According to The Athletic, the player’s interest in joining the team has not been confirmed. The transfer is taking shape now, and the next few weeks will provide some clarity on the subject.

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