Arsenal’s transfer window looking even better with Zinchenko signing…

Arsenal reach agreement for Zinchenko

Arsenal have reached a verbal agreement with their Premier League counterparts Man City for Oleksandr Zinchenko, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The two clubs have been in constant contact in the past week, and it now seems the deal is close to being struck.

After missing out on Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez to Manchester United, Mikel Arteta and the Gunners hierarchy made Zinchenko their priority going forward.

The deal will be worth £30 million. While personal terms are still being discussed.

If a deal does go through, it will be a testament of the work Arsenal are doing behind-the-scenes, especially because of the time the deal took to reach the stage it has reached.

The Ukrainian international has featured 127 times for Pep Guardiola’s side while also putting on his national colours 52 times.

Versatility is what is most appealing thing about Zinchenko. The City man is capable of playing as a left-back and a midfielder, be it a 6 or 8.

With his signing, the North London outfit would be boosting two positions in their team, with only one player. And that’s smart business if you ask me.

Arsenal always wanted to be fast on this deal, and if things continue to go the way they are going at the moment, he might well be announced before the next weekend.

That will give the 25-year-old valuable pre-season time, which can ready himself up before Arsenal take on Crystal Palace on 5th August.

Zinchenko has all the attributes to succeed at the Emirates Stadium: Premier League proven, a winner, an international, technical, etc.

Add a winger on top of the Zinchenko signing and I would rate the current transfer window 9/10, in terms of incomings.

Now, the focus must be clear: a top four finish and a trophy.

Yash Bisht

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41 Comments

  1. Where do you guys think he’ll play? I doubt it’s back up to Tierney. I would’ve believed Grimaldo to be LB rotation but 30 million is quite a lot for someone for rotation so my guess is its midfield where he’ll play. Let’s hope this doesn’t mean we won’t get a an actual Midfielder.

    1. Yes totally agree with the positive posts regarding Zinchenco think will be a excellent signing looks like the deal is very close to being done if the latest reports are true let’s get this one across the line!

  2. Yeah he’s first and foremost a CM number 8# type player. But the added bonus that he’s also a very capable LB. Hes prem proven, has a good touch and skill level, good vision, high energy and good pace. I think long term he could replace Xhaka, he has it in his locker to play a little deeper and make runs from that position but has the fitness and pace to get back quickly.

    This signing is way more useful and beneficial than signing Martinez. He’s going to come in 15m cheaper, well done Arsenal and Edu if they can get this over the line. If we can get Zinchenko and Tielemans we’ve had a fantastic window and look to be in an excellent position.

  3. That will be a fantastic transfer. The man can cover LB and DM, just like Lisandro but with less performance risk, as he already did great stuff at Pep City.

    They’re one-two signings away from the best transfer window in post-invincibles history.

    I just hope that backup goalkeeper learns the ropes quickly. That’s our weakest spot.

  4. While I feel that £30m is a bit high given his role at City, I kinda feel he would do better for us than Martinez. We still need another world class (or very good) central midfielder along with Partey and a proper DM

    1. If you think £30m is too much for Zichenkho, how about £35m that we robbed Everton for Iwobi?

      1. It was good business yes, but given that we got pepe for 72-35 : 37m, the overall business was not that fantastic 🤔

  5. Very much doubt I am alone in being VERY excited at this transfer, which looks more and more likely as each hour or day passes I think Zinchenko an absolute steal, IF we really can land such a top proven Prem player fro arouind £30 mill.
    IF it comes about, I think it a far better deal for us than paying a lot more for MARTINEZ, as we were prepared to do so, before United stepped in and, in effect, forced us onto a better and IMO a wiser course.

    A still young Prem proven player, who is versatile positionally and who has done well at a club like City is a massive plus, hence my EXCITEMENT. Bring it on PLEASE!!!

  6. Think he’s a very smart player, very solid all around, plays quality passes/crosses and could fit into most teams seamlessly. Definitely would improve the squad depth, but my hope would be that he would finally oust xhaka from that cm spot – he can do most of the same things, but he’s generally quicker in his play, much more versatile (able to deal with a wider variety of situations) and seemingly less prone to big errors.
    Only drawback i can see is that xhakas height is useful in the defensive side at times.

  7. Martinez and Zinchenko are different kind of players. He has a lot to prove so I’m not sure about him as a CM.

  8. A very shrewd signing. Covers two positions, which I think probably means we don’t sign a Midfielder now. Loose links to Sane yesterday, who may possibly leave Bayern who would want around £60M for him. Could he be the ‘Mystery Winger’ talked about the other day? Would be a Marquee signing, a dream, but could we pull off such a transfer?

    1. I doubt if Sane would want to play in the Europa League. But if he’s willing to, then he’d be a very good buy

      1. Yh that’s a fair point. I just wonder whether game time could become a factor for him with Mane there and Gnabry staying, not sure if whether will be a regular starter for Bayern which he would be for us.

  9. I think Zinchenko will come in to take Tierney’s place and not Xhakas at the time being, because Tierney injury record just upsets our momentum every now and then.

    1. Possibly. My impression is that he wants to play midfield, but if that’s wrong, what you’re saying does make more sense.

    2. I think Arteta is offering him the CM role in midfield to compete/rotate/replace Xhaka.

      30 million as a backup LB doesn’t make sense. For the price and then the fact that the bench at Arsenal compared to bench at trophy winning City.

      I believe Arteta is offering Zinchenko the CM role he wants, something he cantget at City

  10. He’s clearly a big upgrade on xhaka and directly competes as left sided defender or DM … Hopefully we can finally rid ourselves of that albatross … Though will be interesting to see if anyone wants him … Roma and Berlin seem to have realised that even at 15m he’s overpriced … Phaps one of promoted sides would try him for his “experience” though even that I doubt … Incredible that last 3 managers have relied on him over last 6 years … A period of decline .. Post hoc ergo propter hoc

    1. Correlation is not causation…

      But since “post hoc” is known to be an “informal fallacy”, I guess you knew that. 🙂

        1. A link between Xhaka and Arsenal’s relative decline in recent years has often been cited on this site. This is very unfair attribution as there have clearly been multiple factors that have contributed to the situation.

  11. Am happy about this deal and hoping Edu get it done ASAP. It makes more sense compared to the Martinez deal both in prem experience, versatility, price and what have you . Zinchenko is a baller and does so well whenever and wherever he is being deployed in the City team, whether midfield or LB. I have always followed him at City and I can tell you that the lad plays with zeal and absolute seriousness. In Arsenal, I believe he is going to eventually displace Xhaka and also fill in for Tierney whenever the later is injured. Talking about Tierney, I no longer understand how I feel about him. Maybe, just maybe Arsenal should begin to reconsider Tierney’s place in the club because he’s constant injuries and absence is costing the club so much and putting us in a very bad situation as evidenced during the last season. Please, sign up Zinchenko and waste no time about him before the hijackers FC’s do what they know how to do best. Trust me, they must be lurking around by now

    1. It is hoped that Tierney’s bad luck with injuries is over. There is no doubt that if he returns to consistent injury free performances for Arsenal, as he had for Glasgow Celtic, the sharks will circle and offers will come in. Hopefully he will remember how Arsenal supported him through the periods of injury.

  12. Arsenal could play Zinchenko at leftback as option and cover to Tierney as the no.1 choice. And Nuno Taveres as no.3 in the position. But if they succeeded to pull of his transfer from Man City to Arsenal this summer. As it’s being rumoured that they might succeed to pull of a deal to bring the Ukrainian versatile player, Zinchenko to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
    But if Arsenal succeeded to sign him, that should not lead the club to self of The raw diamond waiting to be cut Taveres this summer. Who is looking to have the potential to become another Ashley Cole at the leftback for Arsenal in the near foreseeable future. After he has been cut and the pearls in him are brought out. But he could be loaned out this summer to a top League club side to go out and gain valuable experience if the demands in the team seriously called for that to happen.
    But how about if Arsenal sign Amaduo Onana the Llile top midfielder this summer? Who West Ham are being reported they are seriously chasing after to sign the almost 7 footer midfielder this summer.
    If Amaduo Onana is not a top quality, West Ham wouldn’t be chasing after his signature to sign for them this summer: i so believe.
    Therefore, I think Arsenal should consider gazumping West Ham to the signing of Amaduo Onana this summer and gazump them to his signing unfailingly I will opin.
    Who if Arsenal sign him, he’ll be a giant of a midfielder in the Arsenal midfield bullying and dominating the opposition’s team players in games for Arsenal. I so perceive.

  13. Arsenal could play Zinchenko at leftback as option and cover to Tierney as the no.1 choice. And Nuno Taveres as no.3 in the position. But if they succeeded to pull of his transfer from Man City to Arsenal this summer. As it’s being rumoured that they might succeed to pull of a deal to bring the Ukrainian versatile player, Zinchenko to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
    But if Arsenal succeeded to sign him, that should not lead the club to sell of the raw diamond Taveres this summer who is waiting to be cut. Amf who is looking to have the potential of becoming another Ashley Cole at the leftback for Arsenal in the near foreseeable future. After he has been cut and the pearls in him are brought out. But he could be loaned out this summer to a top League club side to go out and gain valuable experience if the demands in the team seriously called for that to happen.
    But how about if Arsenal sign Amaduo Onana the Llile top midfielder this summer? Who West Ham are being reported they are seriously chasing after to sign the almost 7 footer midfielder this summer.
    If Amaduo Onana is not a top quality, West Ham wouldn’t be chasing after his signature to sign for them this summer. i so believe.
    Therefore, I think Arsenal should consider gazumping West Ham to the signing of Amaduo Onana this summer and gazump them to his signing unfailingly I will opin.
    Who if Arsenal sign him, he’ll be a giant of a midfielder in the Arsenal midfield bullying and dominating the opposition’s team players in games for Arsenal. I so perceive.

  14. Missing out on Martinez is a blessing in disguise, once we are able to get this deal over the line.

    Its going to be interesting how both Zinchenko and Martinez perform for their respective clubs.

    Gooners have every right to be more comfortable with this deal

  15. If we can get this deal done and for the quoted price, Edu will go up in my estimation, he looks the perfect acquisition.

    Just remember, however, we were talking in the same way when we signed Torreria, so let’s wait and see (a) if we sign him and (b) if he does what it says on the can!!!

  16. Zinchenko would be a good acquisition, more as a midfield controller. He looked a top midfield player for Ukraine and we know he is a top full back when needed. If we get him, Xhaka becomes the midfield substitute….”oh happiness”. With Saliba returning we will have a real team. Hopefully we will challenge at to the top this season. This could be our shock season.

  17. How come he’s on the plane flying out with City for pre season? If we have agreed a deal, he should have stayed back in UK to do his medical at arsenal. But I just saw Mancity traveling squad to the US and his name is there.

    1. City are going to the states also. He could do his medical with the arsenal docs in the states. Seems doable.

  18. Lisandro Martinez is much more talented than Zinchecko but I think we made a much rational choice in not paying £47 million..
    I hope Zinchecko does well for us..

    I feel that we still need at least another CM to compete or play alongside Partey..

    Thank you

  19. It looks like the Zinchenko deal means we won’t be going for Tielemans. Since Zinchenko plays on the left side of midfield.

    Two signings

    Zinchenko
    Sane.

  20. Everyone is singing Edu praise, what about Richard Garlick? He has handled our negotiations really well. Kudos to him.

  21. The Zinchenko signing is a real deal, much better than the Martinez one. Zinchenko is much more versatile, has PL experience and trained by the best coach in the world. I think Arteta will play him in place of Xhaka and as LB whenever Tierney is injured. Or else, he will always play in the midfield left with Tavares as sub for Tierney.

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