First, we will see what the news state about Oleksandr Zinchenko and then we will proceed to my personal opinion on the matter as we decipher the rumours.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly stepped up his pursuit of Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to a report from The Mirror. The Spanish manager has his eyes set on Manchester City stars since the conclusion of the league with already making contact with Gabriel Jesus, who is expected to leave following Haaland’s arrival.
Zinchenko arrived at Manchester City in 2016 as an attacking-midfield option but was soon shifted to the left-back position due to the vacancy at the position. However, Zinchenko’s preferred position still remains the attacking-midfield role, which he continues to play for his national team, his versatility has helped City substantially in strengthening the squad.
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It is reported that Arteta sees the Ukrainian international as a midfield option and this will be one of the strategies of the Spanish manager to lure Zinchenko to North London. The opportunity of playing in his preferred position might tempt the versatile player but it still remains to be seen what happens in the coming days.
My Opinion on this rumour?
For now, this is nothing of concern to City fans and neither will it be in the coming days. This kind of rumour happens every time when a player of another club hints at a potential switch to the club which we follow and in this case, Marc Cucurella’s words: “sometimes you can’t say no” on the links to Manchester City has steamed the rumour-mill. It is certain that Arsenal will be searching for a left-back this summer as Tierney is out with an injury and Nuno Tavares hasn’t lived up to the billing. They can focus on Zinchenko but the Ukrainian’s love and commitment toward City along with the potential of winning silverware will certainly keep him at the Etihad for a few more years.
We could’ve rated this news as something of a concern if Arsenal qualified for Champions League as then they could tempt the Zinchenko.
Also, I would say that nothing will happen to the left-back position as of now, Cucurella will remain where he is right now and the same goes for our beloved Ukrainian.