OLEKSANDR ZINCHENKO looks set to become deployed in multiple positions by Mikel Arteta after his Arsenal switch was confirmed.
The versatile left-back, 25, has linked track of the Gunners from Manchester City inside a deal rising to £32million.
He’s became a member of on the four-year deal and reunited with former City assistant manager Mikel Arteta.
The Ukraine worldwide may be the second player to swap the Etihad for that Emirates following a £45m change in Gabriel Jesus.
And Zinchenko is at the stands in early hrs of Thursday morning to look at his new team-mates beat Orlando City 3-1.
His versatility is a big reason Arteta has pressed for his signing, using the Spaniard declaring he promises to play him in defence and midfield.
Talking about the gamer, Arteta stated: “I understand the gamer very well, he’s a fantastic footballer and that he is someone that will bring too another edge against your competitors to that particular dressing room.
“He is able to play both in (defence and midfield).
“He would be a natural No. 10 at the start of his career so we converted him right into a left-back which could perform a many things that people want within our method of playing.
“That versatility is one thing that will make a difference for that team because we’ve players for the reason that position who’re more specific full-back so I am really happy.”
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Here SunSport analyzes three formations where Zinchenko could easily fit in.
With Kieran Tierney affected by injuries troubles, Zinchenko could slot in at left-to deputise for that Scottish star.
With Arteta keen to experience with inverted full-backs, the 4-time Premier League champion will be a perfect fit.
Not just would he assistance to build attacks in the back, but he’d also cover in central midfield when Granit Xhaka or perhaps a potential substitute for that Swiss ace pushes up high the pitch.
Getting been utilised able under Pep Guardiola for several years, Zinchenko could be greater than comfortable of playing there.
4-3-3 (Central midfield)
Another area where Zinchenko will probably be attempted out is within central midfield.
Despite getting used like a left-back under Guardiola, his preferred position is in the center of the pitch – where he plays for Ukraine’s national team.
Arteta is proven to be looking for a brand new No8, and Zinchenko would likely provide a greater attacking threat than Xhaka.
And when Arsenal neglect to sign either Lucas Paqueta or Youri Tielemans for that role, Zinchenko often see more game amount of time in midfield instead of at left-back.
3-5-2 (Left wing-back)
Arteta preferred a 3-at-the-back formation for the finish from the 2019-20 campaign where Arsenal won the FA Cup.
And that he could revert to the strategies within the approaching term using the ex-Everton man now getting lots of options to select from.
Tierney could start like a left-sided center-back because he did within the Gunners’ FA Cup triumph, with Zinchenko to experience like a wing-back.
Should Arteta choose a 3-5-2 formation, he could start Jesus and Eddie Nketiah up top, who’ve already forged an excellent relationship during pre-season.