Friday 15 July 2022

Arsenal might beat Ham to Zin!

According to the Express journalist Sam Smith,, Arsenal might win the race for Oleksandr Zinchenko's signature.

After bringing Gabriel Jesus from Man City, Mikel Arteta must fancy his chances of plundering his old club again. It really is an exemplary case of not burning bridges, as Arteta left Man City with their blessing and, therefore, the relationship between Arsenal and Man City has become stronger since his appointment.

There may be some fans who may think that Arsenal will become a Man City dumping ground, but given the age of the latest signing Jesus, no one can seriously make that allegation.

Obviously, some fans are sensitive to plundering other Premier League clubs, as evidenced by the William signing. Of course, signing that player was an unmitigated disaster for whatever reason. The reductionists will say William was over 30 and had won everything, so had nothing to prove at Arsenal. All he could do is wind things down and treat the Emirates like a luxurious retirement home.

In the end, William did the right thing and terminated his lucrative contract. From my perspective, I think he did Arsenal a favour by doing that. He left with his head held high, despite his disappointing spell at the club.

The lesson that Arteta learned from that episode is to bring in players on an upward trajectory. That rules out the Ronaldos and Messis of this world, as they've already been there, done it and are now having to compete with aging bodies in a young person's sport.

That's why Zinchenko makes sense: he fits the preferred age profile, being just 25-years-old.

Already, Arsenal have bought Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos to the Emirates Stadium, and you would fancy the Gunners to beat off competition for the utility player, who can play at left back or in midfield.

Apparently, according The Athletic, Man City are planning to sign Brighton's Marc Cucurella, which will make Zinchenko surplus to requirements. Additionally, he has only two years left on his current deal, so if City want to cash in, now is the time to get the maximum amount for his services.

Although much seems to be dependent on City landing Cucurella, you would expect Pep Guardiola to get his man, which should mean that Arsenal can land the versatile Ukraine international.

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