Oleksandr Zinchenko calls on ‘special’ Arsenal to look beyond the top four and challenge Man City

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‘I really want to kill and destroy this stereotype’: Oleksandr Zinchenko calls on ‘special’ Arsenal to look beyond the top four and challenge Man City for the title – after moving top again with victory at Chelsea

  • Oleksandr Zinchenko is adamant Arsenal can challenge for success this season
  • He is one of two players to arrive with a winning mentality from Manchester City
  • Zinchenko and striker Gabriel Jesus arrived at the Emirates over the summer 
  • The Gunners can secure top-spot at Christmas by beating Wolves on Saturday

Oleksandr Zinchenko is determined to ‘destroy’ the stereotype that Arsenal should be aiming for the top four, insisting they need the mindset of title contenders for this season’s tussle with Manchester City.

‘We have a dream,’ the Ukrainian declared after Arsenal beat Chelsea to move back to the top of the Premier League.

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Mikel Arteta conceded for the first time at Stamford Bridge that Arsenal are in title contention and, though Zinchenko is determined not to look too far ahead, he senses this ‘special’ side can ‘achieve something this season.’

Oleksandr Zinchenko is adamant that Arsenal can challenge Manchester City this season

‘I would say that before I got used to hearing that Arsenal, it means straight away in your mind: top four, top four. I would say, I really want to kill and destroy this stereotype,’ Zinchenko said.

‘We need to look further, and I think this team, this group of people, the fans, they deserve more. That’s what we need to do. We need hard work in this and let’s see at the end of season. You ask me if we can challenge Man City. Of course, they are an amazing team, but you never know what can happen in football. We need to go step by step with every single game.’

He added: ‘I can feel that this group of people, they are special. Starting from our staff and then all the people on our training ground, our fans, we believe in ourselves, every single game.’

Gabriel Magalhaes' 63rd-minute goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday

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Gabriel Magalhaes’ 63rd-minute goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday

The winning mentality of players such as Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus was a crucial reason behind Arsenal’s summer raid on City.

Arteta wanted to add more edge to his dressing room and Arsenal have this season showed tremendous grit to win all but two Premier League games.

‘There is always some space to improve but I think we are in the right way as a team, as a family,’ Zinchenko said.

‘It starts in the dressing room and it’s on the pitch as well. We are trying to push each other, to help each other. I think this is the right way to do it. Still we have a dream, we believe that we can achieve something this season. Let’s see what is going to happen… for us it is so important to be where we are now.’

The Ukraine left-back (R) claims the dressing room is able to 'achieve' their 'dream' this term

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The Ukraine left-back (R) claims the dressing room is able to ‘achieve’ their ‘dream’ this term

Arsenal can ensure they are top at Christmas with victory at Wolves on Saturday. Zinchenko believes that would represent ‘an important’ milestone for Arteta’s side: ‘If we are there (top of the League), it’s perfect for us.’

He will be among the Arsenal players not heading to Qatar. Arteta is slated to take them to Dubai for a couple of friendlies before a final fixture at the Emirates ahead of the Premier League’s Boxing Day return.

‘It is going to be a bit of a new experience for us, but I am pretty sure that the coaching staff are going to make the right decision for everyone to keep us fit,’ Zinchenko said.

‘Fingers crossed everyone is going to come back from the World Cup fit and fully healthy.’

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