Report: Where Mikel Arteta will play Oleksandr Zinchenko in his Arsenal starting XI
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Report: Where Mikel Arteta will play Oleksandr Zinchenko in his Arsenal starting XI

Arsenal finally completed the signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City today in a deal worth around £35m to the Premier League champions.

Zinchenko joins fellow former City man Gabriel Jesus in making the jump to Mikel Arteta’s side. The Ukrainian will be expecting to feature more regularly for the Gunners than he did for City, although he was a regular enough fixture in the squad under Pep Guardiola.

Of course, Zinchenko ended up making his name with City as a left-back, despite being a midfielder by trade for his national team. And according to 90Min, midfield is where Mikel Arteta will use Zinchenko for the Arsenal.

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Writing about his arrival in North London, 90Min claims Zinchenko will be used more ‘centrally’ at Arsenal, although there remains the chance he will slot in at left-back too. That more central role is likely to dislodge someone else from their role, however.

The Arsenal midfield is now stronger than it has been for some time. Both Zinchenko and fellow new boy Fabio Vieira bring quality, while Martin Odegaard only signed last summer as well. The club have also kept hold of Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, with youngsters Sambi Lokonga and Charlie Patino also pushing.

TBR’s View: Zinchenko Can Shine In Midfield For Arsenal

Anyone who has watched Ukraine recently will know how good Zinchenko is for them when he’s played more centrally and in a more attacking role.

If Arsenal use him in this way then they’ve made a sound investment here really. Zinchenko will provide that defensive cover, but the Premier League is yet to really see his quality in the middle. This makes him an attractive proposition for Arteta, who’ll be hoping he can surprise a few with how ZInchenko performs.

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