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Arsenal eye swoop for Man City duo as Mikel Arteta has surprise Oleksandr Zinchenko plan

Edu is looking to strengthen Mikel Arteta's squad this summer and yet another target has emerged

Arsenal are reportedly considering the double swoop of Manchester City stars Gabriel Jesus and now Oleksandr Zinchenko.

As previously reported, the Gunners will target two centre-forwards. football.london understands that City striker Jesus and Roma frontman Tammy Abraham are among the shortlisted profiles who could arrive at Emirates Stadium. Jesus, in particular, remains open to leaving the current Premier League champions, with his representative reportedly holding talks with Edu throughout the past few months.

Arsenal first made enquiries for Jesus in November, with Edu maintaining a close relationship with the player’s agent and the City forward himself. There’s been suggestions that Tottenham are also interested, although the Gunners are thought to have the upper hand in that particular battle, despite the fact Spurs qualified for the Champions League ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side.

But surprisingly, Arteta wants to sign Jesus’ teammate Zinchenko as a midfield option. That’s according to the Daily Mail, who say that the 25-year-old is viewed primarily as an asset to bolster the middle of the park who could be utilised at left back when required.

Zinchenko has spent much of his time under Pep Guardiola in defence but has operated in central midfield for Ukraine. During his spell as Guardiola’s assistant, Arteta enjoyed a good relationship with both Zinchenko and Jesus.

Edu and co are likely to witness competition for the Ukraine international’s signature – just like they’re experiencing with Jesus – but signing the duo will bring a wealth of experience to a young Arsenal side. The pair have now won four Premier League titles together and adding that winning mentality to the Gunners’ squad could be invaluable moving forward.

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