Oleksandr Zinchenko confirms his new Arsenal squad number | Soccer

Oleksandr Zinchenko trained with his new Arsenal team-mates for the first time since joining from Manchester City

Oleksandr Zinchenko trained with his new Arsenal team-mates for the first time since joining from Manchester City (Image: Getty)

Oleksandr Zinchenko trained with his newcomer Arsenal team-mates for the first time ahead of the upcoming friendly against Chelsea.

The former Manchester City star watched the win against Orlando City from the stands alongside Arsenal’s technical director earlier this week and is now looking to make his debut after completing the formalities of his move on Friday.

Zinchenko was put through his paces by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and afterwards wore the number 35, which previously belonged to Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Martinelli.

In a message to Arsenal fans on Instagram, Zinchenko said: “Hi Gooners, I just finished my first session. So happy to be here with the boys I’ll be your #35 see you soon.’

Zinchenko is the second player to swap the Premier League champions for Arsenal this summer after Gabriel Jesus was persuaded to join Mikel Arteta’s rebuilding project earlier in the window.

Edu is delighted with the club’s recent win and is confident that Zinchenko’s winning mentality, as well as his talent, will ensure he will be a wise addition.

“I am very happy to see how we work together as a team here at the club. We put together a plan and made some plans and Zinchenko was on the list,” he said.

“We’ve been very proactive to talk to the agents, to talk to Man City and we’re delighted to have the player here because he has the qualities that I’m sure will take our squad to another will bring level .

“We’re looking for this character more and more because it’s so important to have a player who has the qualities we’re looking for, but also the mentality of the players.

“It’s important to have these important guys in the squad because we have a very exciting future to put the club on the right track. Of course, for that we need good characters, good guys and someone who also has a great personality to help us get there.

“Zinchenko has exactly what we need because Mikel has worked with him before and they know each other very well.

“Obviously that helps us make the decisions because sometimes you can have a very good player but sometimes they don’t have the mentality we’re looking for. We really have to be careful there.

“So Zinchenko was the one who ticked exactly what we were really looking for.”

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