Arsenal took on Orlando City in the Florida Cup tonight and alongside our technical director, Edu Gaspar, in the stands was soon-to-be Gunner Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Mikel Arteta has brought in four new players already this summer. Marquonhos came in from Sao Paulo, Fabio Vieira from Porto, Matt Turner from New England Revolution, and of course, Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City.
It looks like Arsenal are on the brink of our fifth signing of this window, and we now have more evidence than before.
Oleksandr Zinchenko spotted next to Edu at Orlando vs Arsenal
It was bad enough for Arsenal fans in the UK to stay up past midnight to watch the game, but what made it worse was that kickoff was delayed by about an hour due to bad weather.
The game eventually kicked off and Gabriel Martinelli, through a huge deflection, opened the scoring. However, what caught Arsenal’s fans’ eye the most was Edu and Zinchenko were spotted enjoying the game from the stands.
The Ukrainian has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners for a while now. A move was reported to be imminent, and seeing him next to our technical director all but confirms that we’re signing him.
An Arsenal fan named Erik Berg posted the below picture from the Exploria Stadium on Twitter.
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal went into the market looking for a new left-back and a central midfielder among other positions.
In Zinchenko, Arteta has found a player who can play in both areas, and the fact that the two know each other really well thanks to their time together at Manchester City makes him much less of a gamble.
Zinchenko is fantastic on the ball, technically brilliant, can play in numerous positions, and like Jesus, will bring in a winning mentality having won multiple trophies at the Etihad.
This signing really does make a lot of sense, and we can’t wait to see the Ukrainian in action in the famous red and white.