Oleksandr Zinchenko insists Arsenal must ‘focus on the next one’

Oleksandr Zinchenko has gotten used to life in and around the Premier League’s top flight and isn’t getting carried away with new club Arsenal’s strong start to the season.

The Ukraine international left Manchester City for the Emirates Stadium in the summer and stood out as Mikel Arteta’s side won 3-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday.

A brace from Martin Odegaard and a fine strike from William Saliba continued Arsenal’s perfect start to the campaign, scoring nine from nine.

Arteta downplayed his side as he moved up the table after the win and Zinchenko, who won the title four times in six years at City, echoed his new manager’s sentiments.

“It’s only the start of the season,” he said.

“There are a lot of games ahead of us, there are a lot of things to improve, but we just have to focus on the next, the next, the next.

“We have to analyze what we did well, what we should improve, what we should change and we know the manager is going to tell us. We have to show our best performance every week.

Victory at the Vitality Stadium meant Arsenal won their opening three matches for the first time in 18 years.

Zinchenko joined former Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus to join Arsenal in the summer and the pair have been a huge influence in Arteta’s side.

Another player who made a difference is Saliba, who moved to north London in 2019 but had to wait until this season to make his competitive debut.

“He is incredible.” Zincchenko said of the French defender.

“It looks like this guy has a lot of experience up his sleeve, but he’s still so young. Fingers crossed we have an incredible centre-back. He’s such a nice guy and he deserves it.

Bournemouth opened the season with victory over Aston Villa but have now slipped to comfortable defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal.

Winger Jaidon Anthony replaced the Cherries in the second half and the former Arsenal trainee believes he and his team-mates must learn from a difficult afternoon.

“They punished us very quickly and we didn’t get too close to them,” he said.

“So we just wanted to try to make an impact in the second half, and get around them and I thought we did a little bit better.

“We didn’t really get close to them in the first half and the manager just wanted to try to get close to them, to get around them and I think the new formation really helped.

“It was an overall disappointing day. We will learn from it, that’s for sure.

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