Oleksandr Zinchenko publicly names two Arsenal players who never pass the ball
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Oleksandr Zinchenko has joked that two Arsenal players never pass the ball.
The Ukranian has been essential to Mikel Arteta's title challenge this season, becoming the Gunners' first choice at left-back.
Despite eventually falling short to Manchester City in the title race, Zinchenko will rightly feel his place is safe in the starting 11 next term.
According to The Athletic, he has already played his last game of the campaign after picking up a calf injury during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Newcastle.
The 26-year-old has been sorely missed in consecutive defeats to Brighton and Nottingham Forest, which have further tarnished an otherwise excellent season.
His ability to tuck into midfield when his side are in possession has given the likes of Granit Xhaka freedom to roam forward. While his calmness on the ball and extensive passing range has been a huge plus point.
However, not everyone in the side is as selfless, Zinchenko has joked.
Zinchenko names two players who never pass
The defender was asked to name the player with the most number of touches during a game.
He opted for Leandro Trossard to have had the most during Arsenal's 4-1 win over Leeds in April, but was informed it was in fact Odegaard.
“He has more! He never pass the ball, he never pass the ball,” Zinchenko joked in response.
Indeed, few can question Odegaard's contribution to the team this season, having scored 15 goals and provided seven assists in the league this season.
Zinchenko was then told that Rob Holding had the most touches in another game, to which he replied: “That’s what I’m saying, you never pass the ball!”