Kyle Walker has named Oleksandr Zinchenko amongst the top three technically gifted players currently playing for Manchester City. The Ukraine international has been heavily linked with a summer move to Arsenal after becoming a peripheral figure at the Etihad.
Zinchenko was an attacking midfielder when he arrived at City in the summer of 2016. However, Pep Guardiola opted to use his ability on the ball, pace, vision and dynamism in the left-back role.
The Ukrainian thrived in the position, playing on the opposite flank to Walker and going on to achieve great success with the club. However, the acquisition of Joao Cancelo in the summer of 2019 saw Zinchenko become more of a squad player, and with just two years remaining on his deal the 25-year-old is widely expected to leave Manchester this summer.
In an interview with YouTuber Michael Timbs, Walker paid tribute to Zinchenko’s technical prowess, naming him alongside some stellar names in City’s star-studded squad. When asked who were the best technical players currently plying their trade at the Etihad he replied: “Not in any order, because I wouldn’t want to put them in any order, my top three are Zinchenko, [Riyad] Mahrez, [Bernardo] Silva.”
High praise from Walker considering the kind of quality the Premier League champions have within their ranks. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta previously worked with the Ukrainian during his spell as one of Guardiola’s assistants at City and is reportedly keen on bringing him to north London.
Left-back was a problem position for Arsenal last season with Kieran Tierney missing much of the campaign due to injury. Nuno Tavares often deputised but struggled defensively in his absence, and with the added games of a Europa League campaign Arteta will want added competition/cover in that particular area.
Zinchenko at 25 would also fit in with the Gunners’ ethos of signing hungry, young players that can grow and develop with the club. He would also bring a winning mentality having to the dressing room having won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and a solitary FA Cup in his six seasons at City.