He is the reason behind this great win today,He controlled the game from onset both Offensively and defensively’: Martin Ødegaard says Arsenal fans should be greatful to have £50m star in the Team
In recent weeks, Oleksandr Zinchenko has been making a significant impact in the attacking third, showcasing his prowess for Manchester City and now Arsenal. In the recent Premier League clash against Wolves, the Ukrainian international not only added another assist to his tally but also demonstrated his scoring ability with a stunning goal in the 3-1 victory against Burnley.
The Gunners, under the management of Mikel Arteta, initiated the game with an impressive start against Wolves. Bukayo Saka swiftly found the back of the net after a well-executed team move, and Takehiro Tomiyasu, responding to Arteta’s call for increased attacking contribution from his defenders, provided the assist for Saka’s goal. Zinchenko, not to be overshadowed by his fellow full-back, contributed a remarkable assist just six minutes later.
Zinchenko’s involvement in the second goal was a testament to his versatility. He received a cross from Saka at the back post, skillfully linked up with his former Manchester City teammate Gabriel Jesus, and orchestrated a play that resulted in Odegaard scoring his second goal in as many days. The seamless team effort culminated in a celebration where Zinchenko’s teammates, captained by Odegaard, expressed their joy. Interestingly, Jesus’ facial expression upon the ball hitting the net conveyed sheer shock at the brilliance of their second goal, followed by an exuberant celebration as he ran over to embrace Zinchenko, with Leandro Trossard also joining the jubilation near the Wolves supporters.
Despite facing criticism for some of his recent performances, Zinchenko has showcased his resilience and skill, building on his defining moment in the previous weekend’s victory against Brentford. In that match, he made a crucial block to deny Neal Maupay before Kai Havertz’s goal, highlighting his defensive contributions along with his attacking flair. Zinchenko’s recent displays suggest that he is determined to prove his worth on the pitch, contributing both defensively and in the creation of goal-scoring opportunities for his team.