Zinchenko reveals Arteta was the only EPL boss he would have left Man City for


Oleksandr Zinchenko has revealed how Mikel Arteta was the driving force behind his move to Arsenal, with the star claiming the Spaniard was the only Premier League manager who could have convinced him to leave Manchester City.

The versatile Ukrainian reunited with Arteta at Arsenal last summer after completing a £32m move from Pep Guardiola’s side.

Zinchenko had worked under Arteta previously at City, where the now Gunners boss had spent three years as an assistant to Guardiola.

The relationship struck up between the pair at the reigning Premier League champions contributed to Arteta bringing Zinchenko to the Emirates Stadium, where he has proved a key player in their surprise push for the title this season.

Zinchenko told Sky Sports that Arteta was the only manager he would have left City for in the Premier League, with his vision and character among key reasons for following him to North London.

‘The impact he had and has right now for me is a lot,’ Zinchenko said.

‘I said many times one day if I am going to leave City and stay in the Premier League it will be [for] only one manager, which is him.

‘The way he sees football, his vision, his character, he is a winner. That is what I like the most from people.

‘Obviously he knew me as a player and a person when he called me, I had a couple of conversations before I joined Arsenal.

‘He told me what he wants to see from me, the club’s vision, the club’s plan and strategy. I liked everything of that and that is why I came.’

Arteta had welcomed Zinchenko’s arrival last summer by describing the Ukrainian as an ‘exceptional footballer’, adding that he would bring a ‘competitive edge to the dressing room.’

Zinchenko has started 21 of the 22 Premier League matches he has been available for this season, with the star having also missed seven games through injury.

The Ukrainian has established himself as Arsenal’s first choice left back ahead of Kieran Tierney.

Having won four Premier League titles with City, Zinchenko will be looking to lift the trophy for the first time with Arsenal at the end of the campaign.

The Gunners are eight points clear of his former club, although the reigning champions having a game in hand.

Arsenal face a significant test of their title credentials when they face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Arteta’s side will have to address their dreadful record at Anfield having lost on their previous six visits in the Premier League.


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