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Arteta hails Zinchenko as new boy joins Arsenal tour

Mikel Arteta praised Oleksandr Zinchenko as “an amazing footballer” as the Ukraine international prepares to finalise his transfer from Manchester City to Arsenal.

The left-back, who can also play in midfield, has joined Arsenal on their tour of the United States.

His switch from Premier League champions City is yet to be finalised.

But it would take something unusual to derail the transfer now.

Zinchenko sat out Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Orlando City on Wednesday night.

After Gabriel Martinelli’s badly deflected first-half shot, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson scored after the break.

Manager Arteta must let go of players to avoid overcrowding in Arsenal’s team for the upcoming season.

But he is relieved that Zinchenko’s presence is almost inevitable.

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Arteta hails Zinchenko as new boy joins Arsenal tour

Arteta told a post-match news conference:

“As you’ve seen, he is here.

“There are still a few formalities to complete everything, but we’re happy to have him.

“I know the player well; he’s an exceptional footballer.

“And he will bring another competitive edge to that dressing room.”

Arteta worked with Zinchenko at Manchester City before leaving Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff to strike out on his own at Arsenal.

Given Arsenal already have Kieran Tierney as an established left-back, midfield seems likely to be Zinchenko’s regular position.

Arteta said:

“He was a natural number 10 early in his career, and [at City] we converted him into a left-back which can do a lot of things that we want in our way of playing.

“That versatility will be important for the team because we have players in that position who are more specific full-backs, so I’m happy.”

After Gabriel Jesus, who joined City for £45 million, Zinchenko will join Arsenal as the second significant acquisition from City over the offseason.

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Arteta said that Arsenal also spent over £ 30 million on former Porto star Fabio Vieira.

However, We must look to push ahead with thinning their squad now.

“We have to,” Arteta said. “We have a big squad, and now we have to make things happen.”

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