Oleksandr Zinchenko smashes Arsenal keepie-uppie challenge and proves Kyle Walker right about being better technically than Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden August 18, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
Oleksandr Zinchenko showed exactly why he was considered among the top three most technically gifted players at Man City.
Zinchenko left City in the summer to join Arsenal in a £30million deal and has impressed at the start of the 2022/23 season already.
Not only is he a brilliant defender, his skills have caught the attention, too.
In a training clip posted by Arsenal, the Ukraine defender can be seen absolutely smashing a keepie-uppie challenge.
The squad all line up on the by-line and must keep the ball in the air while running towards the halfway line. The loser has to buy breakfast for all his teammates.
Zinchenko is then seen flying down the touchline, controlling the ball with ease, yards ahead of his teammates.
His skills with the ball should come as absolutely no surprise, as he was named as one of the most technically gifted players at his former club.
Kyle Walker named him alongside Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez in the top three, in no particular order.
☄️ The keepy-uppie challenge returns!
📺 Watch the latest from training at London Colney👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 17, 2022
“He’s incredible… he’s incredible,” Walker said of Zinchenko. “Two touches, head tennis, he’s so good, so so good. But then you’re leaving out the likes of [Kevin] De Bruyne, Phil Foden, [Jack] Grealish, [Joao] Cancelo. But they don’t come close to those three.”
Zinchenko perhaps found himself unlucky that City had an incredible full-back in Cancelo ahead of him on the left.
But now at Arsenal he has a chance to show off that talent on a regular basis.
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