Arteta Told impressive summer signing ‘is great addition’ to Arsenal side

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Rio Ferdinand has hailed Oleksandr Zinchenko as a “great addition” and reckons Mikel Arteta will use him like Pep Guardiola uses Joao Cancelo.

After establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League under Pep Guardiola over at Man City – Zinchenko made the big decision to leave the current Premier League Champions this summer

He wanted to play more on a regular basis – something that Guardiola could not guarantee him at Man City – and when Mikel Arteta came calling – he quickly made the decision to join Arsenal

Cancelo is employed both at full-back and a midfield playmaker for Manchester City – and after seeing his impressive debut in the Premier League at the weekend – Ferdinand has claimed that Arteta will use Zinchenko in the same way

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said on Zinchenko: “He’s a great addition.

“I think a lot of coaches don’t look at the negatives now. They look at what he brings. Yeah, they see the negativity but they’re more about what does he bring?

“What does he bring that’s going to enhance us with the ball and I think Zinchenko, does far more good for them than bad.

“I think, even his positions, when they’ve got the ball.

“I don’t think Arteta really wants him to play as a left-back. I think he wants to play him like a Cancelo-type player, like he did in pre-season.”

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Zinchenko has been a brilliant signing for Arsenal and will go on to become a real fans favourite – he has already shown just what he is able to bring to the side

So, it will be interesting to see if Ferdinand is right and Arsenal do use him like Man City use Cancelo – he has the quality to play both roles

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