Arsenal are considering a move for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer, according to a report.
Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal are thinking about a move for Oleksandr Zinchenko. At the moment, it seems there’s no formal bid forthcoming from the Gunners.
Gaughan adds that it sounds like Mikel Arteta may view Zinchenko as a midfielder, which would be an interesting development.
The 25-year-old mostly plays left-back for Manchester City, but he’s also played in midfield at times – particularly for Ukraine. Arteta reportedly had a strong relationship with Zinchenko during his time in Manchester.
Fabrizio Romano reported earlier this week that Zinchenko could leave City this summer.
The Ukraine international made 28 appearances for City this season, including 18 starts in all competitions. So whilst he’s not a total outcast from the side, he’s also not a starter in the majority of cases.
In that sense, he’s in a similar position to Gabriel Jesus. Like Jesus, he can stay at City and keep picking up medals, but he’s unlikely to do so as a key member of the side.
If he moves to Arsenal instead, he’ll have a good shot at breaking into the starting lineup on a weekly basis.
Arsenal have Kieran Tierney at left-back, whose injury problems have often left openings in the position. The Gunners are also looking to reinforce their midfield, with Thomas Partey’s injury exposing their lack of depth in the middle.
Zinchenko would provide excellent cover in both areas, and he has the quality to succeed as a starter in either spot.