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Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko is not great in one-on-one defending

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Aug-16 09:31 first published at 09:31 AM


Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images contributed to this image. Photographer: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images According to TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara, Arsenal will concede a lot of goals this season because Oleksandr Zinchenko isn’t very good at one-on-one defending. The Gunners paid Manchester City an initial fee of £30 million (Sky Sports) to sign the talented Ukrainian this summer. Everyone considers him to be an excellent signing, and his performances in the first two games of the season have been mostly positive. ‘That is incredible,’ says Ben Foster of Arsenal star Zinchenko. Arsenal will concede a lot of goals, according to Jamie O’Hara. O’Hara, a die-hard Spurs fan, rarely has positive things to say about Arsenal. He did, however, heap praise on Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba following Arsenal’s win over Leicester City. The compliments did not last long, as O’Hara claimed that Arsenal’s defense is still porous, owing primarily to their full-backs. He then stated that Zinchenko is not a good defender in one-on-one situations. “Arsenal will concede goals; you can get at them in the full-back areas,” he said on talkSPORT. “I like Oleksandr Zinchenko, but he’s not a great one-on-one player, so I think that will be a problem for them.” Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC photo via Getty Images TBR View: Zinchenko’s strength is definitely increasing, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad defender. On the first day, the Ukrainian played mostly well against Crystal Palace. He did struggle a little at the end against Leicester, but that was most likely due to exhaustion rather than inability to defend. Zinchenko is an excellent fit for Arteta’s system. The 25-year-old spent the majority of Saturday’s game against Leicester alongside Thomas Partey. Granit Xhaka was able to advance as a result, and the Swiss international scored as a result. Fans may be concerned by O’Hara’s remarks, but as things stand, Zinchenko will most likely continue to start games for Arsenal at left-back for the foreseeable future. Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images contributed to this image. Do you have anything to say about this article?

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