Arsenal is working on a deal for Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and is poised to make an offer.

Zinchenko won four Premier League championships with Manchester City but only appeared in 15 league games last season; Arsenal have already signed Gabriel Jesus from Pep Guardiola’s team this summer; and the Gunners have accepted defeat in their bid to recruit Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez.

Arsenal is interested in Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko and is poised to make a formal approach for him.

City is said to be willing to do business on Zinchenko if their valuation is reached. The 25-year-old is capable of playing a number of positions, including left back and centre midfield.

Arsenal had been looking for a left-sided defender and were attempting to recruit Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, who is set to join Manchester United.
Meanwhile, City want to sign a left-back and are still interested in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella, as Sky Sports News reported in June.

After signing from Getafe in a move for roughly £15 million last summer, the 23-year-old had a highly successful debut season in the Premier League.

Brighton do not want Cucurella to leave, and it would take a massive offer for them to trade him considering that he has four years left on his deal at the Amex.

 

“Arteta has been hunting for left-back and central midfield reinforcements during the summer transfer window. The Gunners were interested in Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, who has experience playing in both positions as well as centre half, but he now appears to be heading to Manchester United. Tielemans of Leicester City has also been considered, although his enthusiasm has waned in recent weeks.

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“There are several reasons why Arsenal’s manager requires assistance in that capacity. Kierney has had long-term injuries at important times in the previous two seasons, and while Nuno Tavares was hired as insurance last summer, the young Portuguese full-back struggled in big moments and finished the season behind Cedric Soares and Xhaka in the left-back pecking order.

 

“Xhaka is a constant in Arteta’s midfield, although there is little competition for his specialised role. At the base of Arsenal’s midfield, Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, and Albert Sambi Lokonga all battle for the same spot, relegating Xhaka to a number 8 role.

“Zinchenko would compete with Xhaka at Arsenal if he played in midfield, a role he regularly plays at international level. A closer look at their respective heatmaps from last season shows that the two play in the same area of the pitch, despite the Ukrainian playing at left-back and the Arsenal man operating from midfield.

“On the ball, Zinchenko’s passing numbers are superior to Xhaka’s, which is to be anticipated considering Guardiola’s City’s superior possession retention and utilisation. Last summer, Zinchenko and City defended far less than Arsenal, yet the Ukrainian international’s defensive numbers still outnumber Xhaka’s. Zinchenko earned more aerial tackles, interceptions, and challenges than the Swiss midfielder, highlighting the fact that the two players operate in nearly the same area of the field.”


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