Arsenal wanted to win for Zinchenko and for people of Ukraine, says Mikel Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with defender Oleksandr Zinchenko during the Gunners' Premier League game against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in February 2023.
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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he wanted the Gunners to beat Leicester on Saturday for Oleksandr Zinchenko and for the people of Ukraine a year on from the start of the nation's conflict with Russia.

Zinchenko was named captain for the day to mark the anniversary of the war, which broke out on February 24th, 2022 after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.