The Gunners were very impressive away from home on Sunday afternoon as they claimed a big victory against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
That was enough to seal a 2-0 win and despite the obvious contributions of the two players involved in the goals, Watts took the time to individually laud the efforts of Zinchenko.
So far, he’s lived up to those expectations though, becoming Mikel Arteta’s first-choice pick over Tierney – as proven by the fact that the Scot had to settle for a role on the bench in the derby.
Against Spurs, he picked up a 7.2 match rating on SofaScore – the best out of Arsenal’s back four – and finished the game having won 5/6 ground duels, 4/4 aerial duels, and two tackles; completed 87 per cent of his passes, made two clearances, and pulled off 2/2 dribble attempts.
With all that in mind, it’s little wonder Watts has been so heavy with the praise.