February 7, 2023

With the Premier League return just days away, Alex Zinchenko details the changes that have taken place over the break, the expectations placed on him personally and how he can maintain his form through a grueling schedule.

While the World Cup was going on, the rest of our squad was in Dubai preparing for the second half of the season. Our players who were away with their respective countries joined us in Dubai after elimination from the tournament, except for Gabriel Jesus who unfortunately suffered an injury while playing for Brazil. Still, Zinchenko believes our number 9 will bounce back in a big way.

“He is one of the leaders in our team. He is a real warrior. I have no doubt that he will come back much stronger than before, knowing him personally and knowing his character. We have to stick together as a team.”

Zinchenko is confident that Eddie can strengthen Nketiah in the Brazilian’s absence with everyone he has around him in the group.

“I have no doubt that Nketiah will do a great job and everyone trusts him. We have such a great group of people. We have this sense of togetherness.”

When Zinchenko signed for Arsenal in the summer, our Ukrainian had high expectations of him. Despite this, he remains fully focused and thanks the supporters for their constant encouragement.

“I just try to do my job the best I can. I give 100 percent on the field. The fans have welcomed me so warmly at this club. I can’t be thankful enough for all they’ve done and the support I’ve received from them.”

The schedule between Christmas and the New Year is notoriously hectic and with our Gunners currently sitting at the top of the Premier League table, the next run of games is particularly crucial. However, Zinchenko is no stranger to the pressure to maintain form during difficult moments.

“What I’ve seen in the past is that if you have the right attitude and behavior on and off the pitch, you can’t get tired physically. You can only be tired in the head – everything comes from your head.

“If you do all the things right in your routine – your sleep, your food, take care of yourself – and you do everything you can to prepare your body fresh. If you do everything right, you cannot be physically tired.”

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