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Oleksandr Zinchenko responds to criticism over role in Mohamed Salah’s goal against Liverpool

Oleksandr Zinchenko has broken his silence following criticism of his performance in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield

Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has broken his silence following criticism of his performance in the Gunners’ 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

 

Zinchenko was heavily criticised by media and ex-players, and his contribution questioned against one of the Premier League’s most informed right wingers in Mohamed Salah.

The Ukrainian left-back struggled to cope with Salah’s pace and trickery at Anfield, with the Liverpool forward notably leveling the score just before halftime. Zinchenko’s misread of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass allowed Salah to capitalise and beat David Raya, drawing criticism for the defensive lapse.

 

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Zinchenko was heavily criticised by media and ex-players, and his contribution questioned against one of the Premier League’s most informed right wingers in Mohamed Salah.

The Ukrainian left-back struggled to cope with Salah’s pace and trickery at Anfield, with the Liverpool forward notably leveling the score just before halftime. Zinchenko’s misread of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass allowed Salah to capitalise and beat David Raya, drawing criticism for the defensive lapse.

Despite the flak aimed his way, Zinchenko remained optimistic about Arsenal’s prospects in the Premier League title race. Addressing the team’s future, he told BBC Sport, “There’s still a lot [of football] to play ahead of us and we just need to go step-by-step. We need to show our best performance every single time, as soon as we get onto the pitch, it doesn’t matter which competition it is. In the end, we are going to see.”

Manager Mikel Arteta, discussing the game without singling out Zinchenko, emphasised the critical moments against Liverpool, acknowledging Arsenal’s vulnerabilities in losing possession in crucial areas.

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Zinchenko was heavily criticised by media and ex-players, and his contribution questioned against one of the Premier League’s most informed right wingers in Mohamed Salah.

The Ukrainian left-back struggled to cope with Salah’s pace and trickery at Anfield, with the Liverpool forward notably leveling the score just before halftime. Zinchenko’s misread of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass allowed Salah to capitalise and beat David Raya, drawing criticism for the defensive lapse.

Despite the flak aimed his way, Zinchenko remained optimistic about Arsenal’s prospects in the Premier League title race. Addressing the team’s future, he told BBC Sport, “There’s still a lot [of football] to play ahead of us and we just need to go step-by-step. We need to show our best performance every single time, as soon as we get onto the pitch, it doesn’t matter which competition it is. In the end, we are going to see.”

READ MORE: Mikel Arteta praises three outstanding Arsenal players for their performance against Liverpool

Manager Mikel Arteta, discussing the game without singling out Zinchenko, emphasised the critical moments against Liverpool, acknowledging Arsenal’s vulnerabilities in losing possession in crucial areas.

“We gave so many balls away after regaining it,” he noted, highlighting the danger of Liverpool’s counter-press and the repercussions of losing possession in restricted zones.

However, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright criticised Zinchenko’s performance, particularly highlighting defensive lapses against Liverpool’s dynamic duo. Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright emphasised the need for tighter marking on Alexander-Arnold and preventing Salah from cutting inside, attributing the drawn game to these defensive shortcomings.

 

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Zinchenko was heavily criticised by media and ex-players, and his contribution questioned against one of the Premier League’s most informed right wingers in Mohamed Salah.

The Ukrainian left-back struggled to cope with Salah’s pace and trickery at Anfield, with the Liverpool forward notably leveling the score just before halftime. Zinchenko’s misread of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass allowed Salah to capitalise and beat David Raya, drawing criticism for the defensive lapse.

Despite the flak aimed his way, Zinchenko remained optimistic about Arsenal’s prospects in the Premier League title race. Addressing the team’s future, he told BBC Sport, “There’s still a lot [of football] to play ahead of us and we just need to go step-by-step. We need to show our best performance every single time, as soon as we get onto the pitch, it doesn’t matter which competition it is. In the end, we are going to see.”

READ MORE: Mikel Arteta praises three outstanding Arsenal players for their performance against Liverpool

Manager Mikel Arteta, discussing the game without singling out Zinchenko, emphasised the critical moments against Liverpool, acknowledging Arsenal’s vulnerabilities in losing possession in crucial areas.

“We gave so many balls away after regaining it,” he noted, highlighting the danger of Liverpool’s counter-press and the repercussions of losing possession in restricted zones.

However, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright criticised Zinchenko’s performance, particularly highlighting defensive lapses against Liverpool’s dynamic duo. Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright emphasised the need for tighter marking on Alexander-Arnold and preventing Salah from cutting inside, attributing the drawn game to these defensive shortcomings.

“This is a danger man. Get in his face. Try and deny him (Salah) the ball in the first place, let them pass it to someone else. Once you get into this situation (Salah with the ball) he wants to come inside, and Zinchenko knows this, but not many people can stop him”You’ve got to do a lot more. You cannot let him get inside that easy. It’s margins. It’s the margins our manager always speaks about in terms of winning games

 

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Zinchenko was heavily criticised by media and ex-players, and his contribution questioned against one of the Premier League’s most informed right wingers in Mohamed Salah.

The Ukrainian left-back struggled to cope with Salah’s pace and trickery at Anfield, with the Liverpool forward notably leveling the score just before halftime. Zinchenko’s misread of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass allowed Salah to capitalise and beat David Raya, drawing criticism for the defensive lapse.

Despite the flak aimed his way, Zinchenko remained optimistic about Arsenal’s prospects in the Premier League title race. Addressing the team’s future, he told BBC Sport, “There’s still a lot [of football] to play ahead of us and we just need to go step-by-step. We need to show our best performance every single time, as soon as we get onto the pitch, it doesn’t matter which competition it is. In the end, we are going to see.”

READ MORE: Mikel Arteta praises three outstanding Arsenal players for their performance against Liverpool

Manager Mikel Arteta, discussing the game without singling out Zinchenko, emphasised the critical moments against Liverpool, acknowledging Arsenal’s vulnerabilities in losing possession in crucial areas.

“We gave so many balls away after regaining it,” he noted, highlighting the danger of Liverpool’s counter-press and the repercussions of losing possession in restricted zones.

However, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright criticised Zinchenko’s performance, particularly highlighting defensive lapses against Liverpool’s dynamic duo. Speaking on Premier League Productions, Wright emphasised the need for tighter marking on Alexander-Arnold and preventing Salah from cutting inside, attributing the drawn game to these defensive shortcomings.

“This is a danger man. Get in his face. Try and deny him (Salah) the ball in the first place, let them pass it to someone else. Once you get into this situation (Salah with the ball) he wants to come inside, and Zinchenko knows this, but not many people can stop him”You’ve got to do a lot more. You cannot let him get inside that easy. It’s margins. It’s the margins our manager always speaks about in terms of winning games.

“You cannot give Salah that time, you cannot give Trent that time. Someone should have been closer to Trent. Once that ball goes over to Salah, someone should have been across to make sure he cannot cut inside. That’s why we have drawn that game. We could not stop that happening.”

Wright’s analysis honed in on the finer margins that determine outcomes in high-stakes matches, stressing the significance of denying space to Liverpool’s key players.

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