Arsenal fans showed huge support for new signing Oleksandr Zinchenko at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners beat Sevilla 6-0 on Saturday.
Zinchenko became Arsenal’s fifth summer signing after completing a £32million move from Manchester City, following Gabriel Jesus from Manchester to north London. Jesus was the star of the show as the Brazilian bagged his first Gunners hat-trick, whilst Bukayo Saka scored twice with Eddie Nketiah adding a sixth late on.
Martin Odegaard was confirmed as the north Londoners new club captain prior to the Emirates Cup win over Sevilla and admitted he is proud of captain an ‘amazing club’. Arsenal fans showed their appreciation for the players after an amazing performance, with Zinchenko receiving a huge amount of support amid the ongoing situation in his homeland of Ukraine.
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The Gunners ended their pre-season schedule with impressive wins over Everton, Chelsea and Sevilla, keeping three consecutive clean sheets. Zinchenko followed Jesus, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos to the Emirates Stadium this summer and fans have already shown a huge amount of support for the Ukraine international.
Zinchenko started the game against Sevilla and put in a fine performance at left-back, with Kieran Tierney still recovering from injury. The 25-year-old is expected to challenge the Scotland international for a starting spot in Mikel Arteta’s team after Nuno Tavares sealed an exit to join Marseille on a season-long loan deal.
Following the 6-0 victory, Zinchenko posed for pictures with fans that had brought a huge Ukraine flag to the ground as a sign of support. Supporters were delighted to get a glimpse of the new £32million man in action, with Zinchenko clearly appreciative of the gesture from the fans.
And Arteta spoke about Zinchenko after the game, praising the perfectionist mentality of the new Arsenal star. “First of all, his mentality. He’s used to winning – winning is the only thing and winning in the right way,” Arteta told reporters.
“He’s a perfectionist and a really demanding boy, I know him so well, and after that he brings qualities that we didn’t have in the squad. He gives us a different option to play within the role in different spaces, and I’m really happy to have him.”
Arsenal will now prepare to begin their Premier League campaign with a tough fixture away against Crystal Palace next Friday. Zinchenko is likely to make his official debut at Selhurst Park with Tierney struggling for minutes as he recovers from an injury suffered last season.
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