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'I spoke to Riyad': TalkSPORT pundit shares stunning claim Mahrez told him about Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko
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'I spoke to Riyad': TalkSPORT pundit shares stunning claim Mahrez told him about Arsenal's Oleksandr Zinchenko

Riyad Mahrez thought Oleksandr Zinchenko was one of the best three players at Manchester City before his move to Arsenal.

TalkSPORT pundit Danny Simpson played with Mahrez at Leicester City, where they won the Premier League together in 2016.

He shared what Mahrez told him about Zinchenko and fellow summer signing from the Etihad Stadium, Gabriel Jesus.

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Mahrez rates Zinchenko highly

Simpson said: “They’ve started really well. Saliba’s been fantastic. Partey, Xhaka – look at where he was and where he is now. It’s been a complete turnaround.

“Jesus – I knew he was going to be fantastic – and Zinchenko. I spoke to Riyad Mahrez and Zinchenko was in his top three of players and their ability at Manchester City.

“And we know how good the players are at City. He was gutted they lost Jesus but he understood why. Them two players and their winning mentality has added something to that group.”

Jesus has got more headlines because he is a striker and those who get the goals tend to get more of the attention.

But Zinchenko is an exceptional professional who can play in a variety of positions, bringing his technical quality to whichever role he plays.

That has been underlined by the praise he has had from present and former teammates, although he sometimes goes under the radar in the eyes of others.

Arsenal seemed to toy with the idea of signing Lisandro Martinez before going big for Zinchenko and it looks a good move so far.

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