Arsenal consider double swoop for Manchester City pair as Mikel Arteta adds left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko to list of summer targets alongside striker Gabriel Jesus
- Mikel Arteta already wants to sign striker Gabriel Jesus from his old employers
- Sportsmail understands the manager holds an interest in Oleksandr Zinchenko
- During his spell as Guardiola’s No 2 Arteta enjoyed a good relationship with both
- Last week’s dramatic final day triumph meant the pair have now won four titles
The 25-year-old is viewed primarily as an asset to bolster Arsenal’s midfield who could be utilised at left back when required. Zinchenko has spent much of his time under Pep Guardiola in defence but has operated in central midfield for Ukraine.
Arsenal are considering a double swoop of Manchester City stars by adding Oleksandr Zinchenko to their list of potential summer targets
Mikel Arteta already wants to sign striker Gabriel Jesus (right) from his old employers
During his spell as Guardiola’s assistant, Arteta enjoyed a good relationship with both Zinchenko and Jesus. Arsenal would have competition for Zinchenko’s signature, as they do with Jesus.
Last week’s dramatic final day triumph meant the pair have now won four Premier League titles while at the Etihad Stadium.
Both have made significant contributions to the glut of silverware at City over the last five years and Guardiola views them as integral members of his squad.
However, the City boss refuses to stand in the way of players who want to leave – providing the terms of a deal are acceptable to the club.
Jesus hopes to prove himself as a No 9 and is expected to depart given the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Argentina international Julian Alvarez, who scored a double hat-trick for River Plate this week.
Sportsmail understands the Arsenal manager holds an interest in Zinchenko as well as Jesus
During his spell as Guardiola’s assistant, Arteta enjoyed a good relationship with both players
The future of Zinchenko – who cost just £1.8million from Ufa in 2016 – could be more complicated given he has always wanted to fight for his place at City.
The Premier League champions are looking at Brighton left back Marc Cucurella, who admitted this week that turning down a possible move to the north west would represent a struggle.
Zinchenko, a hugely popular figure among the City squad and supporters, was overcome with emotion after pipping Liverpool to the title during a year when Russia invaded his homeland.
‘Honestly I want to die for these people, for all this support, because what people gave me and what they have done for me during this toughest period of my life,’ he said. ‘I am so appreciative and I will never forget this. Never in my life.’