Arsenal have completed the signing of versatile Ukraine player Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.
The 25-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Arsenal, with that deal set to keep him in north London through to the summer of 2026.
Zinchenko 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.
“This is a boyhood dream come true, because I was a massive fan when I was a kid,” said Zinchenko.
“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.”
Predominantly a midfielder for his country, Zinchenko largely featured at left-back for the Blues, but only played 15 times last season as Pep Guardiola’s side retained the Premier League title.
Given Kieran Tierney’s track record with injuries, there is a decent chance that Zinchenko will have to fill in at that position over the course of his Arsenal career, but he has been signed primarily as a central midfielder.
He says he has spoken to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta about his role in the team but would keep the details “private”, adding: “If the manager tells me one day I need to be goalkeeper, I will be there.”
Zinchenko worked with Arteta when the Gunners’ boss was on the coaching team at Manchester City and says the experience played “the most important role” in his decision to move.
“Since the first day at City I knew that he’s going to be a very good manager,” Zinchenko added.
“I am here to achieve big things and I hope we can win some titles, and I hope we are going to fight for every title in which we are going to be involved.
“Even from the last season, I was watching Arsenal’s games and I could smell it’s coming, you know? The team is growing up so quickly and I think it’s time. It’s time to do our best and to achieve something big.”
Zinchenko is the second player to move from City to the Emirates this summer after Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus joined the Gunners for £45m earlier this month.
Technical director Edu said Zinchenko had been a “main focus” in their recruitment and backed the new recruit to help the squad reach a “different level”.
Technical Director Edu said: “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.”
Manager Arteta added: “Alex is a high quality player who will give us options and versatility.
“He’s a player that I personally know really well and continued to follow him after my time at Manchester City.
“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 becomes Arsenal’s fifth new signing into our men’s first team squad this pre-season. He joins Gabriel Jesus, Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira as new arrivals to the club.