Mikel Arteta reveals his preferred position for Oleksandr Zinchenko at Arsenal


    Oleksandr Zinchenko completed his £32m move to Arsenal on Friday
    Oleksandr Zinchenko completed his £32m move to Arsenal on Friday (Getty)

    Mikel Arteta has indicated that Oleksandr Zinchenko will primarily play as a left-back for Arsenal.

    The Ukraine international completed his £32 million move from Manchester City and has joined up with his new teammates for the rest of their pre-season tour of the United States.

    Zinchenko helped City win four Premier League titles during his time at the club and proved to be a versatile option in Pep Guardiola’s squad in recent seasons.

    But while Zinchenko impressed in different areas of the pitch for City, Arteta suggests the has planned a more defensive role for the 25-year-old.

    ‘His main position is as a left-back,’ Arteta said on Friday.

    ‘But within that position and within the formation that we have he can alter and occupy different spaces on the pitch. This is the main quality Alex has.’

    Oleksandr Zinchenko won four Premier League titles during his time at Manchester City
    Oleksandr Zinchenko won four Premier League titles during his time at Manchester City (Getty)

    Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard has praised Arsenal’s decision to sign Zinchenko.

    ‘I’ve seen him play a lot and I really like his qualities, I think he’s a really great player,’ Odegaard told reporters.

    ‘I think he can play both positions, sometimes as a left-back and midfield, I think he can even play as a winger.

    ‘He can play different positions so I think he will be a great addition to the squad.’

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