Arsenal decided to strengthen the team this season, and Oleksandr Zinchenko is one of the latest reinforcements. There are great expectations from him, and Arsenal's sporting director, Edu, commented on this transfer: "We are very excited to have brought Zinchenko, because he is really the player we wanted.
He was among our targets, we planned his transfer for six months in order to 'feed' the position and enable Mikel to have the players he needs to make the desired game. We believe that he has the necessary quality and characteristics to improve our game," Edu said for skysports.
"Mikel knows him better than other people in the club, because they worked together in Manchester City. He had good experiences with it, the feedback was positive. Not only about his football qualities, but also about his personality, which is very important for us"
Gabriel Jesus also arrived from Manchester City. For a long time, Arsenal lacked such a striker. We will see if he can give what is expected of him. "We are proud to have a player like Gabrijel Jesus in the team. The process of his engagement lasted about seven months.
We talked, there was understanding on both sides, because he had many other possibilities"
Champions League and Raphinha
Many believe that Arsenal cannot bring all that they want because they do not play in the Champions League.
"Despite the fact that we did not qualify for the Champions League, we brought almost 100 percent of the players we wanted. I understand that the players want to play in the Champions League, but I think that Arsenal can offer them something special, even though they are not playing in it.
The Champions League is not everything, there is something to it when you are part of a group that can achieve great achievements. I always ask the players if they want to be part of the project, of what we are building... I am sure that we will do something special for this club.
I explained it to the boys" Edu confirmed that they were interested in Raphinha, but the Brazilian still chose Barcelona as his next destination. "Frankly speaking, we had a conversation with Raphinha's agent Deco.
I have good relations with him, we are friends. I asked him if he could explain the situation with Raphinha to me and he was clear: 'We have a good relationship, but I'm not going to lie to you. His idea is to go to Barcelona, he dreams of playing there and we have been negotiating for a long time. I praised him and told him to contact me if anything changes"