'Imagine his pace against me, I’m finished': Zinchenko names Liverpool player as his toughest opponent

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'Imagine his pace against me, I’m finished': Zinchenko names Liverpool player as his toughest opponent

Arsenal defender Oleksandr Zinchenko recently shared that Mohamed Salah is the toughest opponent he has ever faced. He was asked this question by former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand on his YouTube channel called Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE.

"I think it’s Salah, I think it’s Salah," the 26-year-old told Ferdinand. "With all my respect to the rest, to Riyad (Mahrez) as well because I played against when he was at Leicester (City). He’s (Salah) an absolutely explosive and unstoppable winger."

"What Liverpool did so well, especially when Wijnaldum was there, because Wijnaldum is more like box-to-box... Community Shield game against Liverpool penalties, we won that game. Mikel was still there and I went to the dressing room at half-time and said, 'Mikel, what do I need to do with this?'"

"(Virgil) Van Dijk on the ball, he’s playing on the left-side on the right foot, without pressure, he does first touch, Wijnaldum runs behind between me and Nicolas Otamendi, I need to protect inside, Salah drops wide, the ball to feet and the distance between me and Salah, was like 50 meters."

"Imagine his pace against me, I’m finished. What do I need to do at half-time? There was like five balls like this in a row. He said (Arteta), 'the only one way is to ask Raz (Sterling) who was playing on the left, to come to drop a bit lower to leave Trent.'"

"If you stay with Salah then it’s a big gap for Wijnaldum. And when Mohamed is receiving the ball at his feet and he gets the pace, it’s impossible, impossible."

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