Arsenal have been linked with Manchester City manager Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has spent the season on the sidelines but remains a high-quality player in many positions.
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The Gunners were linked with the 25-year-oldwhich is intended to leave the Etihad this summer find a new challenge. Zinchenko has been on the sidelines of Pep Guardiola’s side this season, but that’s not necessarily a blow to his ability due to City’s stellar election.
Most players would struggle to eliminate Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo, who are arguably two of the best defenders in the world. Zinchenko can also play in midfield, something he does regularly Ukrainebut those opportunities are even rarer at City with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Bernardo Silva ahead of him.
Zinchenko’s versatility is a big reason why Arteta was targeting him this summer, based on Kieran Tierney’s injury problems on his left back and Arsenal’s lack of depth in the middle of the park. The Gunners boss explained almost two years ago that his preferred tactical setup is 4-3-3 but he struggled to implement it due to the limited options available to him.
“We want to move to 4-3-3,” said the Spaniard. “But for that, you need a lot of specificity in each position but now in five or six positions, we don’t have it.”
Zinchenko is comfortable in both positions due to how confident he is on the ball and his technical skills are often overlooked because he is not a regular customer in City’s starting XI. But his teammates are well aware of how good he is, characterized by the fact that Walker values him technically higher than Kevin De Bruyne.
Speaking of the most technically talented players in the City squad, Walker admitted that the Ukrainian international is up there among the best. “Not in any order, because I wouldn’t want to put them in any order. My first three are Zincchenko. [Riyad] Mahrez, [Bernardo] Silva, “said the England international.
“He’s incredible, incredible. Two touches, captive, he’s incredible. So good, so, so good. And then you leave out the likes of De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Cancelo. But they don’t come close to those. Three.”
Arteta reportedly promised Zinchenko a place in Arsenal’s midfield as number eight, a role Granit Xhaka played sometime last season. The Swiss international usually sits at the base of the midfield but was shifted around the center of the park when Thomas Partey struggled with injury at the end of the campaign.
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Xhaka deserves a lot of credit for how he tried to be played out of position and certainly gives Arteta more options in the future, but he wants to have his players in their best positions if possible.
Arteta thinks it may be a good idea for players to step out of their comfort zone, but suggests that he should not be afraid to play Zinchenko in midfield, a position he has rarely held on the field. Premier League.
“I wouldn’t say it would comfort him, but sometimes you have to take players out of their comfort zone and open another door to explore how the team will react to what the opposition will do when you do certain things,” the Spaniard said. said. “Then it’s more unpredictable because if it’s not easy enough to prepare against the same opposition.”
Zinchenko’s arrival this summer will certainly help Arteta get closer to his dream arrangement for Arsenal.