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Edu can complete £43m double Arsenal transfer scouting mission after FIFA announcement

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Just over two months after the game was postponed, Scotland and Ukraine will lock horns on Wednesday night with the winners moving one step closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup play-off semi-final was due to be played at Hampden Park on March 24, but as announced by FIFA at the time, the fixture was understandably postponed because of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military and rearranged for June 1 instead.

Therefore, on what is expected to be an emotional night, Scotland must overcome a Ukraine side with the extra motivation to provide a cause for celebration in their country for the right to face Wales in the World Cup play-off decider on Sunday where the winners will join England’s group in Qatar.

Just over two months after the game was postponed, Scotland and Ukraine will lock horns on Wednesday night with the winners moving one step closer to qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup play-off semi-final was due to be played at Hampden Park on March 24, but as announced by FIFA at the time, the fixture was understandably postponed because of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military and rearranged for June 1 instead.

Therefore, on what is expected to be an emotional night, Scotland must overcome a Ukraine side with the extra motivation to provide a cause for celebration in their country for the right to face Wales in the World Cup play-off decider on Sunday where the winners will join England’s group in Qatar.

Of the many positions, Arsenal are looking to strengthen in, cover for Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu at full-back following their injury problems during the second half of the season is one hence their interest in Bologna and Scotland international Aaron Hickey who can operate on both flanks.

Should the teenager get the nod on the right-hand side, he could be tasked with keeping Oleksandr Zinchenko quiet should the reported Arsenal transfer target end up on his flank whether he’s pushing forward from left-back or drifting wide from a central midfield position.

As the Gunners are also hopeful of strengthening in midfield, the Manchester City ace has emerged as a possible target to bolster the engine room and as an option at left-back when required. In addition, our sister title, The Manchester Evening News, have reported that City will have to convince Zinchenko he will play more regularly next season if they are to fend off interest from the north London outfit.

Given the high stakes on offer at Hampden Park, the World Cup play-off semi-final could prove to be a cagey and dull affair for the neutral to sit through, but with a confirmed transfer target and a reported one possibly on show, Scotland vs Ukraine is a clash that could be of great interest to Arsenal.

Amid Zinchenko’s estimated transfer value set between €20m-€30m (£17m-£25m), as per the CIES Football Observatory and Hickey potentially costing £18m, there’s a chance that Arteta and Edu can complete a £43m scouting mission tonight. Considering its two players that could bolster two key positions in the squad, it would be worth making most of the opportunity.

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