Oleksandr Zinchenko has adjusted to life in and around the top of the Premier League and has not been carried away by new club Arsenal’s good start to the season.
The Ukraine international joined the Emirates Stadium from champions Manchester City 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 goal from William Saliba continued Arsenal’s perfect start to the season as they took nine points from nine.
Arteta downplayed his side and moved up to the top of the table after the win, and Zinchenko, who won the title four times in six years at City, echoed the views of his new manager.
“It’s just the beginning of the season,” he said.
“We have 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 and what we should change and we know the manager will tell us. We have to show our best performance every week.”
The win at Vitality Stadium meant Arsenal won their first three games for the first time in 18 years.
Zinchenko joined former Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus this summer and the pair have been a huge influence on Arteta’s side.
Another player who has made a difference is Saliba, who moved to north London in 2019 but had to wait for this season to make his competitive debut.
“He’s amazing,” Zinchenko said of the French defender.
“It looks like this guy has a lot of experience under his belt, but he’s so young. Fingers crossed we have an incredible centre-back. He’s such a nice guy and he deserves it.”
Bournemouth opened the season by beating Aston Villa but have now slipped to comfortable defeats by Manchester City and Arsenal.
Winger Jaidon Anthony came on as a second-half substitute for the Cherries and the former Arsenal trainee believes he and his team-mates need to learn from a tough afternoon.
“They punished us very quickly and we didn’t really get too close to them,” he said.
“So we just wanted to try and make an impact in the second half and go around them and I thought we did a little bit better.
“We didn’t really get too close to them in the first half and the coach just wanted to try to get close to them, go around them and I think the new formation definitely helped.
“It was a disappointing day overall. We will certainly learn from this.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/bournemouth-oleksandr-zinchenko-arsenal-manchester-city-emirates-stadium-b2149446.html Oleksandr Zinchenko insists Arsenal must ‘focus on the next one’