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Zinchenko is one of the poster boys for the Ukraine team as his country continues to be at war with Russia. Saka says that makes the 26-year-old’s performances this season even more special.

He added: “No one can ever understand what Oleks is going through. He’s a man of incredible mental strength.

“To be able to get his mind on the game and to perform so well for Arsenal and his country is a big credit to him. He’s got a bit of fire about him and he uses it in ways that help him.

“I haven’t had any conversations with him about the war, but if he wants to speak about it, I’m here to listen and to help him in any way I can. Oleks is a character. He’s my team-mate – but not on Sunday.”

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