Arsenal have fortified their backline as they have reached an agreement to sign Aleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
According to Sky Sports, the Gunners agreed to pay £30 million with £2 million in add-ons. The 25-year-old left back has arrived at the club’s preseason tour in Orlando.
He becomes the second Manchester City player to sign for Arsenal this summer alongside Gabriel Jesus. Like Jesus, manager Mikel Arteta is familiar with Zinchenko and knows what he can bring to his side.
The Ukrainian is a solid defender and more than capable when going into attack. He has consistently played well under Pep Guardiola and was one integral in City’s comeback against Aston Villa to win the Premier League title.
Guardiola all but confirmed Zinchenko’s departure and was full of praise for his former player.
“On behalf of the club [I would like to express] gratitude for the effort, how they behave on and off the pitch,” Guardiola said. “It was nice with Alex yesterday because we could say goodbye properly. Unfortunately with Raheem [Sterling] and Gabriel we could not do it because it was the summer time but yesterday we could say goodbye to him and [he can] move on to Arsenal.”
With Zinchenko’s departure, Man City are reportedly working on signing Brighton, and former Barcelona, left back Marc Cucurella.
Having missed out on Champions League football, Arsenal will play in the Europa League which provides another avenue to qualify for the Champions League if they don’t finish in the top four.
With Liverpool and Manchester City battling for the league, there are going to be a handful of teams battling for those final two spots. Chelsea and Tottenham are likely to be Arsenal’s main rivals with Manchester United still a bit of an unknown. Zinchenko is only the latest addition for Arsenal as Arteta stated they are still in the market looking to improve the team further.