Mikel Arteta and Edu went into the summer transfer window with the aim of signing a left-back and a central midfielder. In Zinchenko, we’ve found a player who can do both, and we’re really excited to see him in action.
Fabrizio Romano revealed that Arsenal have agreed to pay Manchester City a fixed fee of £30 million plus an additional £2 million in potential add-ons.
Oleksandr Zinchenko says Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas made him become an Arsenal fan
In his first interview on Arsenal’s official website, Zinchenko said: “Thank you so much. First of all, I would like to say this is a boyhood dream come true, because I was a massive fan when I was a kid.
“Since Thierry Henry and young Cesc Fabregas were playing here, I was just enjoying watching those games, that Arsenal. And obviously, I started to love this club, so I am so excited and I cannot wait to play for this amazing club.
“I’m ready for another challenge. I’m not here just to waste my time and the time of Arsenal because the club is always in front of everyone. I am here to achieve big things and I hope we can win some titles, and I hope we are going to fight for every title in which we are going to be involved.
“Even from the last season, I was watching The Arsenal’s games and I could smell it’s coming, you know? The team is growing up so quickly and I think it’s time. It’s time to do our best and to achieve something big.”
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal signing Zinchenko makes so much sense.
The Ukraine international can play in numerous positions, is technically brilliant and is a proven winner having won four Premier League titles and numerous other trophies at Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta knows him really well thanks to their time together at the Etihad, and the Arsenal boss, like all of us, is very excited to have him on board.
Arsenal take on Chelsea on Sunday in the final pre-season game of our United States tour, and we’re all hoping Zinchenko will be able to make his debut there.