Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is wanted by Arsenal, has said that he would find it hard to say no if Mikel Arteta’s team tried to sign him again in January.
Mudryk has been playing very well for Shakhtar Donetsk, which has caught the attention of a number of big clubs in Europe. Brentford was reportedly the team that came closest to signing him over the summer, but Shakhtar stood firm in their desire to keep him at the club.
The Gunners made a number of high-profile signings in different positions, but it was well known that they wanted to get another right winger to help Bukayo Saka out. Raphinha from Leeds United was Arteta’s top choice, but it became clear that he was going to Barcelona, so Mudryk became an alternative.
Nicolas Pepe’s loan to OGC Nice, which broke the club record for a signing, made it more likely that Arsenal would try to add another winger before the window closed.
The record shows that they didn’t end up signing the 21-year-old, but he has opened the door for a move to the Emirates if Arsenal try to get back interested in Mudryk at the halfway point of the season when the winter window opens.
In a very honest interview with CBS Sports, Mudryk talked about how close he came to leaving Shakhtar this summer. He also said which Premier League team he would most like to play for.
“In winter we will see. A lot of talk went on about a transfer and clubs that want me, which is normal.
“I’m in Shakthar, and I want to play for this team because I love all of the players. Right now, Shakhtar is my home. All of my thoughts are on Shakhtar, which is very important to me, but we’ll see what happens in the winter.”
Then, the winger was asked if he wants to play in the English Premier League at some point in his career. “Yes,” agreed Mudryk. “I think every guy has Premier League dreams.”
Arsenal was mentioned as a team Mudryk might want to play for, and he said, “Yes, it’s hard to say, but Arsenal is a very good team.” I like how they play, and their coach is very good.”
Some fans and experts are worried that Saka will have to play too many games between now and the January transfer window. This is because he is expected to play for England at the World Cup in Qatar right before Christmas.
In the Gunners’ recent 2-1 win over FC Zurich on the road, Arteta put Brazilian teenager Marquinhos on the right flank, where he did a great job. The star from Sao Paulo scored the first goal and then set up Eddie Nketiah for Arsenal’s second goal.