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Footage has emerged of Oleksandr Zinchenko blitzing his new Arsenal teammates in a keepy-uppies race in training.
Zinchenko joined the Gunners last month in a £30m move from Manchester City, with the Ukraine international signing a four-year deal at the Emirates.
The 25-year-old has made an impressive start to his Arsenal career, slotting immediately into Mikel Arteta's back four.
He started in both of Arsenal's wins over Crystal Palace and Leicester, with the Gunners now one of only two teams to have picked up maximum points at the start of the new season – the other being his former club Manchester City.
The signing of Zinchenko was seen by many as a major transfer coup for Arsenal and Arteta and the Ukrainian has proved just how much of an upgrade he is by leaving his new teammates for dead in a tricky training drill.
Footage of the drill, which has circulated on social media, shows the Arsenal squad preparing to race each other to the end of a pitch while keeping a ball in the air.
If their ball touches the ground, the player must start again from the beginning.
"The last one to do it, tomorrow – they need to bring breakfast," warns Arteta.
The Spaniard then blows a whistle to signal the start of the race.
The majority of the squad make similar progress at the beginning of the race before Zinchenko flies into shot, racing well clear of his teammates after showing exceptional speed and control.
Just two players appear to fail the task, goalkeeper Matt Turner and defender Gabriel.
And people don’t think he would upgrade our midfield…— KING👑 (@_IKENNA_) August 17, 2022
City reject they said lol— krys daddy 🔴 (@krysdaddy) August 17, 2022
Nah thats actually ridiculous— BAIZISNZIZOA9118Q7QUW8Q9 (@n7142qpmqan5161) August 17, 2022
It is not shown who loses the race in the end, with Zinchenko presumably winning.
Arsenal supporters were blown away by Zinchenko's impressive performance.
"Nah that's actually ridiculous," wrote one fan on Twitter.
Another added: "And people don’t think he would upgrade our midfield…"
Zinchenko and Arsenal will be hoping to continue their promising start to the new season when they travel to face Bournemouth on Saturday.