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Edu to sanction sale of player who earns more money than Gabriel

Arsenal Sporting Director Edu Gaspar should consider the sale of a defender who earns more money than Gabriel Magalhaes

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As the curtain draws on the 2023/24 Premier League season, Arsenal are in a fierce battle with Manchester City for the title. Sitting atop the table with 80 points, the Gunners lead Pep Guardiola’s side by just one point, with City having a game in hand and the opportunity to seize the lead with a victory.

Despite the promising position, Mikel Arteta’s team faces the possibility of ending another season without silverware. Nonetheless, Arsenal’s performance has been commendable, emerging as the Premier League’s top scorers with 85 goals and boasting the league’s best defensive record, having conceded only 28 goals. Impressively, they’ve suffered just a single defeat in the league throughout 2024.

However, the prospect of another trophyless season signals a potential squad overhaul come the summer transfer window. Speculation swirls around several players, including Thomas Partey, linked with a move away from Emirates Stadium. Among those potentially departing is former Manchester City left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko.

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Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko

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Zinchenko’s tenure at Arsenal, which began in 2022 for £32 million, could come to an end amid concerns over his role as the club’s primary left-back. Currently, the 27-year-old is among Arsenal’s highest earners, pocketing £150,000 per week, surpassing even some of the club’s star players.

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Reports indicate interest from Bayern Munich and Newcastle, with Arsenal setting a price tag of £38.4 million for the Ukrainian, potentially securing a £6.4 million profit on the initial deal.

The underwhelming season for Zinchenko is reflected in his reduced game time, featuring in just 34 matches across all competitions, with a mere 26 appearances in the Premier League, contributing to three goals. Competing options at left-back, including Jakub Kiwior and Takehiro Tomiyasu, have limited his opportunities, raising questions about his best role within the team.

While Zinchenko’s proficiency as a midfielder for Ukraine suggests an alternative position, his defensive shortcomings at left-back have drawn criticism. Despite his potential in an advanced midfield role, the financial benefits of offloading him, coupled with his limited playing time, make his departure a plausible scenario for Arsenal.

Although Zinchenko has served the club diligently, his sale could provide Arsenal with resources to bolster the squad and maintain pressure on Manchester City in their pursuit of Premier League glory.

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