Arsenal sign Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko on a ‘long-term’ deal

Arsenal sign Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko on a ‘long-term’ deal

Arsenal's Mikel Arteta with new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko
Oleksandr Zinchenko (right) has signed a “long-term contract” with Mikel Arteta’s team

Arsenal have completed the signing of versatile Ukrainian player Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

The 25-year-old flew back from City’s pre-season tour of the United States to complete the move afterwards Arsenal agreed on a £30m deal That includes £2m in add-ons.

He has signed a long-term contract with the London club and is their fifth signing this summer.

“It’s a childhood dream come true because I was a huge fan even as a kid,” said Zinchenko.

“Since Thierry Henry and young Cesc Fabregas have played here, I’ve just enjoyed watching those games, those Arsenal. And obviously I started to love this club, so I’m so excited and can’t wait for this one playing at a great club.”

“A Hope and a Fragrance for Titles”

Zinchenko, who is mainly a midfielder for his country, played mainly at left-back for the Blues but made just 15 appearances last season as Pep Guardiola’s side retained the Premier League title.

He said he has spoken to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta about his role in the team but would keep the details “private”, adding: “If one day the manager tells me I need to be a goalkeeper then I will be there. “

Zinchenko worked with Arteta when the Gunners boss was on the Manchester City coaching staff and says experience played “the most important role” in his decision to make the move.

“I knew from day one at City that he would be a very good manager,” added Zinchenko.

“I’m here to achieve great things and I hope that we can win some titles and I hope that we will fight for every title that we are involved in.

“Even last season I was watching Arsenal games and I could smell it, you know? The team is growing so fast and I think it’s time. It’s time to do our best and achieve something big.”

Zinchenko is the second player to join the Emirates from City this summer.

Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus joined the Gunners for £45m earlier this month.

Technical director Edu said Zinchenko had been a “key focus” in their recruitment and backed the new recruits to help the squad reach a “different level”.

Manager Arteta added: “Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility.

“He’s a player I know very well personally and have continued to follow even after my time at Manchester City.

“It’s not just about the positions he can play, but the versatility he’ll give us in attack and defense.

“Alex is a person of great human qualities and character and I am delighted that everyone has made this great effort to bring Alex into the club.”

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