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‘I know the player’: Arteta says Arsenal about to sign an ‘exceptional footballer’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has raved about Oleksandr Zinchenko on the club’s official website ahead of a potential transfer from Manchester City. Arteta worked with…

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has raved about Oleksandr Zinchenko on the club’s official website ahead of a potential transfer from Manchester City.

Arteta worked with Zinchenko when he was the assistant manager at Manchester City, and he believes that Arsenal-bound ace is “an exceptional footballer”.

The Ukraine international, who can operate as a left-back or in midfield, watched Arsenal’s pre-season friendly match against Orlando City from the stands with Arsenal Technical Director Edu, and owners Stan and Josh Kroenke.

The Guardian reported earlier this week that Arsenal have agreed a £30 million deal with Premier League champions Manchester City over the transfer of Zinchenko in the summer transfer window.

Photo by Victoria Haydn/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Mikel Arteta on Arsenal-bound Oleksandr Zinchenko

Arteta told Arsenal’s official website about Zinchenko: “There are still a few formalities to get everything completed but we’re really happy to have him.

“I know the player really well, he’s an exceptional footballer and he is someone that is going to bring as well another competitive edge to that dressing room.”

The Arsenal boss added: “He can play in both (defence and midfield). He was a natural No. 10 early in his career and we converted him into a left-back which can do a lot of things that we want in our way of playing.

“That versatility is something that is going to be important for the team because we have players in that position who are more specific full-back so I’m really happy.”
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