Arsenal, on Friday, secured the services of Ukrainian left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko from Premier League rival Manchester City.
The 25-year-old comes with a wealth of experience, having made more than 100 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, mostly from the left-back position. He has also been a regular for the Ukrainian national side and had become its youngest captain last year.
Zinchenko is the fifth acquisition by Arsenal this transfer window, which includes Gabriel Jesus, who had switched over from City to the London-based side earlier this window.
The Ukrainian also provides Mikel Arteta, who earned his coaching stripes as Guardiola’s assistant in City, with a versatile option, as the left-footed can fit in at multiple roles in the outfield.
Arsenal did not disclose the length of Zinchenko’s contract.
“He’s a player that I personally know really well and continued to follow him after my time at Manchester City,” Arteta said. “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 defense. 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.”
Arsenal technical director Edu said Zinchenko “was a main focus on our list” of possible transfers.