Oleksandr Zinchenko has now shared his verdict on Jurrien Timber and what the new Arsenal signing can offer manager Mikel Arteta after sealing a transfer from AFC Ajax.

The Gunners moved to improve Arteta’s defensive options with a transfer for Timber in July. Ajax agreed to sell the 22-year-old for an initial €40m (£34m) fee after Arsenal offered €5m (£4.5m) in future add-ons. While the Dutch enforcer also agreed to sign a five-year contract.

Timber gives Arteta depth at centre-half and full-back as the Arsenal coach tries to integrate greater fluidity to their backline. He has already played as a right-back and a left-back during pre-season. Timber stepped in on the left with Zinchenko still recovering from his calf injury.

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Zinchenko could miss a reunion with Manchester City on Sunday with Arteta juggling a batch of injury concerns ahead of the Community Shield. But the Arsenal coach may, possibly, rest easy after Timber shone as a left-back against Monaco in the Emirates Cup this Wednesday.

Timber occupied Zinchenko’s inverted full-back role for Arsenal perfectly as they edged Les Monegasques 5-4 on penalties. He regularly drifted into the midfield as Arteta relished from Zinchenko last season. The Dutchman particularly stood out given the left is his weaker side.

What has Zinchenko said about Timber after his transfer from Ajax?

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Each passing moment that Timber plays in an Arsenal jersey makes his transfer from Ajax an all-the-more impressive signing by Arteta. He has seemingly adapted to the Spaniard’s plans straight away during pre-season. But competitive games will present a far greater challenge.

Not that Zinchenko is worried, having bestowed his new Arsenal teammate with vivid praise for what Timber can give Arteta. The Ukraine left-back has also suggested the Ajax academy product may even be the superior player between the two of them despite his own abilities.

Zinchenko told Arsenal’s in-house media: “I do know about him because I watched him and followed the way he played at Ajax. Also, I played against him for the national team.

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“So, I know about him as a player – what amazing qualities he has – and, now, I know him off the pitch. He’s a great guy, another incredible signing for Arsenal who will help us a lot.

“Maybe he is [a similar type of player] but maybe better than me. I’m sure he is 100% going to show us what he can do and will really help us.”

Arteta only signed Zinchenko from Manchester City last July for an initial £30m, rising up to £32m with add-ons. The defender proved to be a very shrewd transfer for Arsenal when fit. He instantly gave Arteta a better option than Kieran Tierney for their inverted full-back role.

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