The Gunners have agreed a deal to sign the 25-year-old for a fixed fee of £30 million plus an additional £2 million in potential add-ons. He will wear the number 35 shirt at Arsenal, previously donned by Gabriel Martinelli and Mohamed Elneny.
Zinchenko revealed in his first interview that he was a boyhood Arsenal fan and he fell in love with the club after watching Thierry Henry and a young Cesc Fabregas play for us. (Click here to read more)
Video: Mikel Arteta welcomes Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal
Arsenal released a wholesome video of Mikel Arteta welcoming Zinchenko to the club.
The two know each other really well thanks to their time together at Manchester City. Zinchenko even claimed in his first interview that Arteta’s presence played a massive role in his decision to join us.
In the video, Arteta is seen going up to Zinchenko and embracing him. He tells the Ukrainian that the Black Arsenal away kit looks good on him, to which he replies by saying: “Really?”
The Arsenal boss then congratulates and welcomes him to the club. Watch the wholesome video below!
Zinchenko raves about Arteta
In his first interview as an Arsenal player, Zinchenko was asked about Arteta and the relationship he shares with the Gunners boss.
The Ukrainian said, as per Arsenal.com: “I would say it’s the most important role in my decision because I’ve known Mister for a while, I used to work with him at Manchester City. Since the first day at City, I knew that he was going to be a very good manager.
“The way he can see football, especially I was watching the last season of Arsenal’s games and I was really enjoying it. You can see in the style, the picture of the game, so I would love to see it (while) playing and being involved.
“The way we were working together, I was so impressed because I remember how many times we were working hard in the training sessions and then straight after with individual stuff and I took a lot from the manager and I hope I can take even more.”