Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta 'very lucky' after Oleksandr Zinchenko development - pundit
Alan Hutton has suggested Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will decide between Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko on a game by game basis.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said Arteta is “very lucky” to have both players.
Zinchenko started ahead of Tierney in the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday (4 September).
Zinchenko missed the London club’s previous two fixtures with a knee injury and was a doubt for the trip to Old Trafford.
Tierney was an unused substitute against the Red Devils.
His contract at the Emirates runs until the end of June 2026.
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When asked how Arteta will choose between the pair this season, Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s obviously very difficult when you’ve got two quality players.
“It’ll go down to how they’re playing in matches, how they’re training, all that sort of stuff. He might pick one over the other because he might feel that a right-hand sided team that he’s playing against are relatively weak and he wants to play Zinchenko higher up the park and he wants to get the balls in the box.
“He might want to be more defensively solid against some of the bigger teams, so Tierney might play. So it just really depends on what he’s thinking for the upcoming games. But it’s two top quality players that he’s got and he’ll be very lucky to have them.“