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Pep Guardiola confirms a second Man City star will join Arsenal

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The Citizens are on the brink of selling a third player to another Premier League outfit.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Oleksandr Zinchenko’s transfer to Arsenal.

The Ukrainian left-back is preparing to complete a reported £32 million move to the Emirates. He has accepted personal terms for a contract until June 2026 and left City’s training camp to undergo a medical this week.

In joining Arsenal, Zinchenko will become the second City player to sign for the north London club this summer after Gabriel Jesus. He is also the third big-name to leave the Citizens. Raheem Sterling was the other departure. The winger joined Chelsea last week for around £47.5 million.

Guardiola thanks Zinchenko

Speaking at a press conference in the US, Guardiola thanked Zinchenko as the defender prepares to leave City after six years.

“I’ll say on behalf of the club our gratitude on and off the pitch,” the Citizens boss said.

“It was nice yesterday with Oleks because we could say bye properly. Unfortunately, Gabi [Gabriel Jesus] and Raheem [Sterling] could not do it. But with him, we could and he moves on to Arsenal.”

In a six-year spell at the Etihad, Zinchenko made 127 appearances in all competitions for City. He managed two goals and 12 assists on route to 11 trophies. These included four Premier League titles, four Carabao Cups, and one FA Cup.

The Ukraine international memorably assisted Rodri’s equalizer against Aston Villa on the final day of last season to help Guardiola’s side come from behind to win and lift the league title again.