In recent European encounter of gunners against Rc Lens, Oleksandr Zinchenko failed to put his best as Arsenal lost the battle to french side 2-1.
However, on this Sunday Arsenal have their Premier League fixture against Manchester City. While Mikel Arteta’s one of many tension is led to Zinchenko’s lack of pace.
Going around of forward line Oleksandr Zinchenko was doing a fantastic job but on the other hand, suffered to concrete back line.
Arsenal had struggled a lot during the match. One of the main problems Arsenal have this season is break down to cut out curves.
Even Zinchenko cease to function a ball that won by Elye Wahi led to host found their wining goal.
Will Oleksandr Zinchenko give City a advantage ?
Oleksandr Zinchenko is heavily criticized by English pundits.
Clarke said: “[Oleksandr] Zinchenko’s exposed, he’s not quick or powerful and the other guy had more pace than him and crosses it in for [Elye] Wahi who finished brilliantly again, they were two superb finishes.”
he added though:
“The two goals, David Raya’s choice of pass across the pitch was risky and it didn’t pay off.“
“That said it’s still a worldie that beats him and then Gabriel [Magalhaes] loses it doesn’t he, it’s a really sloppy piece of play from him.”
After match Michael Owen said:
“Zinchenko looked tired against Lens which exposed a slight issue in the Arsenal squad.”
However, Arteta has less options to elect. Jurrien Timber isn’t available yet. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior can both also play at left-back but provide a drift role in midfield also matters.
Although Oleksandr Zinchenko was praised for his attacking approach but his lack of pace is the cause of Arteta’s tension.
Gunners Boss don’t even has Bukayo Saka for the high temperature english clash against Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City.