Arsenal signs Ukraine player Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

 


Arsenal on Friday completed the signing of versatile Ukraine player Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

The 25-year-old flew back from City’s pre-season tour of the USA to complete the move after Arsenal agreed a £30m deal, which includes £2m in add-ons.

He has signed a long-term contract with the London club and is their fifth signing of the summer.

Arsenal director Edu told the club’s website:

I’m very pleased to see how we’re working as a team here in the club. We put a plan together early and Oleksandr Zinchenko was a main focus on our list.

We’re pleased to have Alex with us now because he has the attributes which I’m sure are going to put our squad at a different level.

Mikel Arteta added:

We’re so happy Alex has joined us. He’s a player that I personally know really well and continued to follow him after my time at Manchester City.

Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility. It’s not only about the positions he can play but as well, the versatility he will give us in attack and defence.

Alex is a person with great human qualities and character, and I’m delighted that everyone has made this huge effort to bring Alex to the club.”

Zinchenko said in his first interview after joining Arsenal:

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 was 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.

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