Arteta wants Zinchenko as a potential midfielder for Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta turned to his former club as assistant coach Manchester City for summer signings. As per reports, Arteta wants Oleaksandr Zinchenko, making him the latest rumour among transfers regarding Arsenal.

On the other hand, Arsenal listed a new striker as their top priority. And as a result, they are also looking at the possibility of signing Gabriel Jesus. Jesus already made up his mind to quit the blue side of Manchester with Erling Braut Haaland joining the club in the upcoming season from Borussia Dortmund.

Other than a striker, Arsenal would also look at the opportunity to fill the gaps of their young squad. That includes a couple of central midfielders and a backup left back. According to Daily Mail, with the signing of Zinchenko, Arsenal might want to kill two birds with one stone. The Ukranian possess the proficiency to play both in midfield and in defence.

Promise from Arteta

Pep Guardiola signed Zinchenko as a midfielder but converted him into a left back under his system. But for the Ukranian National Team, he still ply his trade as a central midfielder.

However, Arteta still believes that his best position still is in the midfield. He might hope that the promise to let him play in his original position might convince him to join Arsenal leaving all the recognition of PL champions and great UCL campaigns behind.

The Ukranian enjoyed a good relationship with the current Gunners boss when he was Pep’s deputy at Manchester City. In the recently concluded campaign, the 25-year old made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions. Most of it came as a left-back. Given his versatility, Arteta can deploy him as a left back as well as a midfielder, something he would love.

Manchester City are currently looking at the possibility of signing Marc Cucurella from Brighton. The departure of Zinchenko will free up a spot in their squad to pursue the Spanish left-back fully for them.

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