Oleksandr Zinchenko showed the aspect of an ‘all-rounder’.
Arsenal won 3-2 against Manchester United in the 21st round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Emirates Stadium in London, England at 1:30 am (Korean time) on the 23rd. Arsenal, who won three points, maintained the top spot in the league and widened the gap with second place Manchester City to five points.
In the first half, a goal was exchanged. The one who succeeded in suppressing the baseline was Manchester United. In the 17th minute of the first half, Marcus Rashford’s shot from outside the box split Arsenal’s net. It didn’t take long for Arsenal to equalize. In the 24th minute of the first half, Granit Xaka’s cross from the side was dug through the defense and Eddy Nketia returned it to his head and succeeded in scoring. 온라인카지노
The second half was also intense. In the 8th minute of the second half, Bukayo Saka, who caught the ball on the right side of the box, attempted a mid-range shot, and the ball was sucked out of David de Gea’s reach. Man United did not back down easily either. In the 14th minute of the second half, Lisandro Martinez, who showed concentration in the corner kick situation, turned the game back to square one with a header.
The balance of the game collapsed just before the final whistle. In the 45th minute of the second half, Zinchenko received Leandro Trosar’s pass from the left flank and sent the ball into the box, and Martin Odegard, who was inside, connected it with a shot, but it missed. The ball went to Nketia, and Nketia scored the winning goal with a sensible shot.
Zinchenko, who played as a starter that day, contributed to the team’s victory by playing in various positions besides being the starting point for the winning goal. This can be confirmed in the touch map provided by the football statistics media ‘OPTA’. Zinchenko played as a left full-back, but instead of staying on the flanks, he moved around the pitch and played an important role in the build-up process. It is a touch map that shows the strengths of Zinchenko, who can play multiple positions as a fullback as well as a midfielder in the Ukrainian national team.
He also proved to be the resource Mikel Arteta was looking for. Arteta, like Pep Guardiola, requires players to play a specific role in a specific position. To fulfill these requirements, you need the ability to carry out your duties even if you are not in your primary position. Zinchenko showed his ‘all-rounder’ temperament without hesitation by playing what coach Arteta wanted, and became a hidden contributor to the victory over Manchester United.