Oleksandr Zinchenko admits leaving Manchester City for Arsenal is a ‘sad day’

    Arsenal unveil new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko
    Oleksandr Zinchenko has been unveiled as an Arsenal player (Picture: Getty Images)

    Oleksandr Zinchenko admits that it is a sad day for him to leave Manchester City, as he embarks on the next phase of his career at Arsenal.

    The 25-year-old has left the Premier League champions after six seasons at the club, joining Arsenal for a fee of around £30m.

    The Ukrainian enjoyed great success with Pep Guardiola’s side, winning four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four League Cups.

    However, he never managed to hold down a regular place in the starting XI, with his busiest season being 2020/21 when he started 15 Premier League games.

    He has moved to the Emirates where he is much more likely to be a key man, but nevertheless he admits it is with a heavy heart that he leaves the Etihad.

    ‘I was not really ready for this day. It’s a sad day but this is life, and you have to carry on,’ said Zinchenko.

    ‘It has been an unbelievable time, an unbelievable six years – I feel like I was a small part of this amazing club. I am so grateful to everyone who has a done a lot to help me and my family.

    ‘We achieved a lot of titles and I want to say a massive thanks to all the fans and the Cityzens.’

    Zinchenko has been going through a horrible time with the ongoing war in his home country, and he has thanked his now former club and fans for the support they have shown him throughout.

    ‘They have supported all this time and especially in the toughest time of my life and the war started,’ said the versatile star.

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    Zinchenko won four Premier League titles with Manchester City (Picture: Getty Images)

    ‘I felt amazing support around myself, and my family and I can’t be grateful enough for all they have done for me. I don’t know what I would have done without that support. You are fantastic and you are the best.

    ‘I would also like to say thanks to Pep and the coaching staff for believing in me and for everything they have done for me and to my team mates and everyone else at this incredible club.

    ‘I’m so happy that one day I can say to my grandsons and granddaughters that I was small part of this amazing club.’

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