Mikel Arteta gives Oleksandr Zinchenko update as Man City defender sits next to Edu during Arsenal friendly ahead of transfer

    Oleksandr Zinchenko was spotted sitting next to Edu ahead of his transfer to Arsenal.

    The Ukraine defender has linked up with the Gunners in America ahead of a permanent move from Man City.

    Edu and Zinchenko watched Arsenal’s friendly together

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    Edu and Zinchenko watched Arsenal’s friendly together

    The transfer has not officially been announced, but it is only a matter of time before that happens.

    Arsenal have agreed a £32million fee with City and Zinchenko has agreed his contract.

    He was seen in Arsenal training gear and then sat with the club’s technical director during the 3-1 friendly win over Orlando City on Wednesday night.

    Manager Mikel Arteta was also quizzed on the latest with the full-back.

    He said: “Yeah, as you’ve seen he is here. 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.”

    Zinchenko is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal

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    Zinchenko is on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal

    Arteta is excited to have Zinchenko at Arsenal

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    Arteta is excited to have Zinchenko at Arsenal

    Arteta was Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Man City and is fully aware of what Zinchenko is capable of.

    When asked about his versatility to play in midfield as well as defence, the Arsenal boss added: “Both, he can play in both.

    “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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