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Arsene Wenger: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "more than a player"

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could well prove to be football's greatest ever free transfer if he keeps up his form at Manchester United.

Four goals in his first four Premier League games is a fine return considering his age and one that sees him joint top of the goalscoring charts, level with Diego Costa and Michail Antonio.

His goal against Manchester City on Saturday was arguably his best yet, acrobatically slicing his strike home after Claudio Bravo fumbled the ball mid-air.

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What's guaranteed is Paris Saint-Germain will be missing their former striker, who scored 38 goals during their title-winning campaign last season.

It's what Ibrahimovic brings to the table aside from being a world-class player that they might miss most, though.

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That's what Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thinks anyway, after claiming PSG have lost and United have inherited "more than just a player".

Speaking to Arsenal Player, per the Mirror, he said: "They will be continue to be the dominant team in France but they lost more than a player with Ibrahimovic.

"He was the leader, the captain, a charismatic carrier of the ambition of the club and it’s always difficult to measure when you lose a player of that stature, how big the damage is.

"At the moment they have also changed managers so they are trying to find their feet at the moment."

PSG's loss is ultimately United's gain. In Ibrahimovic, the Red Devils have inherited an experienced professional with a winning pedigree and leadership qualities.

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Indeed, the 34-year-old is the perfect mentor for Marcus Rashford, who he wants to help become the very best during his time at the Theatre of Dreams.

Again, according to the Mirror, he said: "First of all, he’s 18, he’s still young. He has a lot of time.

"I think the way you have to approach a player like that, where everyone is talking about the talent and what he’s able to do and what kind of potential he has, is to remember he still has a lot of time.

“It’s not like he needs to take over the world today, the club knows that, the coach knows that and the team knows that.

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"We know his quality and what he’s able to do. What the world is seeing now, we already know, because we see it every day.

“There's no need to rush to push him and put him in the heat zone and put a lot of pressure on him because that can have the opposite effect.

“Time by time, he will take over everything. It’s about having patience.

"I’ll help him every day, him and all the others, in any way I can. I’m happy it gives an effect but, even if I was not here, they would still do good."

Rashford is in very safe hands, it seems.

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