As Arsenal beat Orlando City 3-1 last night, there was a familiar unfamiliar face around the Arsenal camp: Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The 25 flew from Houston to Florida to complete the £30m move from Man City, and watch his new teammates in action, sitting alongside Edu and Chief Executive Vinai Venkatesham in the stands.
He is a player Mikel Arteta has first hand knowledge of from his time with Pep Guardiola’s side and inevitably he was asked about the signing after the game.
“Yeah, as you’ve seen he is here,” said the manager.
“There are still a few formalities to get everything completed but we’re really happy to have him. I know the player really well, he’s an exceptional footballer and he is someone that is going to bring as well another competitive edge to that dressing room.”
As for where he might play, with discussion over his ability to slot in at left back and central midfield, he continued, “He can play in both. He was a natural number 10 early in his career and we converted him into a left back which can do a lot of things that we want in our way of playing.
“That versatility is something that is going to be important for the team because we have players in that position who are more specific full back so I’m really happy.”
Unless there are unexpected complications, Zinchenko’s deal could be done in time for him to play some part against Chelsea on Sunday.