In the end, it was a transfer between Manchester City and Arsenal that was clear and suited everyone, including Edu, the current technical director of the Gunners.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who now oversees player transfers at the Emirates Stadium, told Sky Sports News they prepared an offer in January.
“We’re so excited to have Zinchenko with us here because he’s a player we’ve really targeted,” Edu told Sky Sports.
“He is a player who we believe has the characteristics and qualities that will definitely raise our level in the team.
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“[The Zinchenko transfer] was planned six months ago, to fuel this post in the best possible way the way Mikel really wants to play.
“Mikel of course knows him better than anyone because they worked together [at Manchester City] but all the information around the player is top. Not just about his qualities as a footballer but also as a person, which for us is so important to have a player like him in the team.”
George Flood of evening standard was full of praise for the Ukraine international on his Orlando debut against Chelsea, a match where the north London side won 4-0.
Flood said, “Zinchenko impressed in his first training sessions under Mikel Arteta – who he also worked with at City during the Spaniard’s time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant – during the pre-season tour. Arsenal in the United States, trusting him for an immediate departure to Orlando.”