Revealed: How long Arsenal planned a move for Oleksandr Zinchenko before transfer swoop

Arsenal’s latest addition Oleksandr Zinchenko has been on the Gunners’ radar for a long time, transfer director Edu Gaspar has revealed in a recent interview.

The 25-year-old Ukranian full-back, who can also play in central midfield, joined from Manchester City in a deal worth £30m plus a further £2m in performance-related add-ons, signing a long term contract in north London.

In doing so, he became Mikel Arteta’s fifth summer signing, joining Gabriel Jesus, Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos in making a move to the capital this summer.

And, while it seemed as though the Gunners only turned to making a move for Zinchenko once it became clear that Manchester United had won the race for Lisandro Martinez, Edu has in fact revealed that they had been plotting the transfer for far longer.

Transfer long in the works

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Brazilian technical director explained that the deal had in fact been planned for six months, with the player singled out due to his ability on the pitch and his character off it.

“We are so excited to have Zinchenko with us here because he’s a player that we really targeted,” Edu told Sky Sports. “It’s a player that we really believe has the characteristics and the qualities that are going to increase our level in the squad for sure.

“[The Zinchenko transfer] was planned like six months ago, to feed that position in the best way possible in the way which Mikel really wants to play.

“Mikel of course knows him more than anyone because they worked together [at Manchester City] but all the information around the player is top. Not only about his qualities as a footballer but as a person as well, which for us is so important to have a player like him in the squad.”

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# Team MP D P
1 AFC Bournemouth 0 0 0
2 Arsenal FC 0 0 0
3 Aston Villa 0 0 0
4 Brentford FC 0 0 0
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0 0
6 Chelsea FC 0 0 0
7 Crystal Palace 0 0 0
8 Everton FC 0 0 0
9 Fulham FC 0 0 0
10 Leeds United 0 0 0
11 Leicester City 0 0 0
12 Liverpool FC 0 0 0
13 Manchester City 0 0 0
14 Manchester United 0 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0 0
16 Nottingham Forest 0 0 0
17 Southampton FC 0 0 0
18 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0 0
19 West Ham United 0 0 0
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 0 0
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 23
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 23
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 17
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 16
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 15
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 14
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 13
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 12
Maddison, James Leicester City 12
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 12
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 11
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 11
Richarlison Everton FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 11
Raphinha Leeds United 11
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa 11


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