The former Chelsea midfielder was impressed by the role that Zinchenko, signed from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, played in Arsenal’s opening goal in the Premier League game this evening.
Arsenal got the better of Palace in 2-0 in the London derby.
Gabriel Martinelli scored for the Gunners in the 20th minute, and an own goal from Marc Guehi on 85 minutes saw Mikel Arteta’s side pick up all three points from the game.
Zinchenko, who can play as a left-back or in midfield, gave the assist for Martinelli with a header across the goal.
And Townsend was impressed by the 25-year-old Ukraine international.
Andy Townsend on Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko
Townsend said on PremierLeague.com: “It’s really good work from Zinchenko. It’s a clever bit of movement and a great run at the back and the header into the danger zone is brilliant.
“He puts it into the mix and Martinelli – who should have scored earlier – is in the right place and represents a great opening phase for Arsenal.”
In our view, Oleksandr Zinchenko gave a good account of himself on his Premier League debut for Arsenal.
The 25-year-old started the match at left-back, but he often went into midfield and tried to drive the team forward.
Yes, at times there were question marks over Zinchenko’s defensive ability in the second half, but overall it was a very good and encouraging debut for Mikel Arteta’s side from the Ukrainian.