Alexander Zinchenko: Arsenal are working on a deal for Man City defender and are expected to make a bid | Football news

Arsenal are interested in Manchester City defender Alexander Zinchenko and are expected to officially make a bid for the player.

City are believed to be willing to do business with Zinchenko if their valuation is met. The 25-year-old can cover a variety of positions, including left-back and central midfield.

Arsenal were in the market for a left-back and were trying to sign Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

Meanwhile, City are looking to sign a left-back and remain interested in Brighton’s Mark Cucurella, as Sky Sports News revealed back in June.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful first season in the Premier League since joining from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer.

Brighton are reluctant to let Cukurella leave and will need a massive sale offer given he has four years left on his Amex contract.

Why versatile, reliable Zinchenko fits the bill at Arsenal

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Alexander Zinchenko is known to be versatile and reliable at Manchester City

Sky Sports football journalist Sam Blitz:

“Mikel Arteta is looking to add left-back and central midfield this summer transfer window. The Gunners wanted Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez, who has experience playing in both positions as well as at centre-half, but now looks destined for Manchester United. Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans was also wanted, but that interest has cooled in recent weeks.

“There is a reason why the Arsenal manager needs support in this role. At left-back, Kieran Tierney has suffered long-term injuries over the past two seasons at crucial moments and while Nuno Tavares was signed as cover last summer, the young Portuguese full-back has struggled in the big moments and found himself behind Cedric Soares and Granit Xhaka in the left-back pecking order in the end of the season.

“In midfield, Xhaka is a mainstay in Arteta’s team, but there is little competition for his specific role. Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga all compete for the same position at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield, leaving Xhaka in the number 8 role.

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“If he plays in midfield, a role he plays regularly at international level, Zinchenko will compete with Xhaka at Arsenal – and a closer look at their respective heat maps last season shows that the two play in the same area of ​​the pitch, although the Ukrainian played as a left-back and the Arsenal man operated from midfield.

“On the ball, Zinchenko’s passing stats are better than Xhaka’s – but that’s to be expected given that Guardiola’s City keep the ball and use it better than Arsenal. Zinchenko and City defended much less than Arsenal last summer, but the Ukraine international’s defensive stats still trump Xhaka’s. Zinchenko won more tackles, interceptions and aerial challenges than the Swiss midfielder – a reminder that the two players operate in roughly the same area of ​​the pitch.”

Read the full feature here.

Arsenal accept defeat at Man United in pursuit of Lisandro Martinez

Manchester United are in the final stages of closing a deal with Ajax for Lisandro Martinez, with Arsenal admitting defeat in their pursuit of the Argentina international.

The 24-year-old has stated his desire to reunite with Erik ten Hag and a deal worth around £45m has been finalised.

If all goes as smoothly as United would like, Martinez should link up with the squad on their pre-season tour of Australia.

Jesus scores 90 seconds into his Arsenal debut

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Arsenal’s new signing Gabriel Jesus scores on his debut for the club in a friendly against FC Nürnberg

Gabriel Jesus, who made the same move Zinchenko could have made earlier this summer, scored his first Arsenal goal 90 seconds into the game as his brace helped the Gunners to a 5-3 friendly win over German second division side FC Nuremberg.

The Brazil forward came on at half-time in Germany’s 2-0 loss to the Gunners – and made an immediate impact, firing high into the net from Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pass.

Mohamed Elneny then produced a superb strike to equalize for Mikel Arteta’s side before two Nürnberg own goals from Kristfer Schindler and Tim Handwerker gave the Gunners a 4-2 advantage.

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