Mykhailo Mudryk says he is following Arsenal closely amid rumors of a possible move to the Gunners from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mudrik’s brilliant form this season has seen him score 16 goals in as many matches and attract interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs, and the 21-year-old is closely associated with Arsenal.
The Ukraine international says he was aware of the Gunners’ impressive run of form as they maintain a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of the World Cup break.
“I check them on MyScore and I know when they play I can check them,” Mudrik told Vlada Sedan’s YouTube channel. “I watch them too.
“It’s a very dynamic team, generally not only in possession of the ball, but also in scoring goals.”
However, Mudryk would like Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta to reassure him of playing time, adding: “First I would like to know from the head coach that even if I wasn’t a guaranteed starting player, I would have a chance.”
“Basically, I need to hear directly from the manager what he sees my role in his team.
“From a purely hypothetical point of view, if I had the opportunity to become a substitute for Real Madrid or a starter for Arsenal, I would probably choose Arsenal.
“But this is a complex question, and my answer involves many factors. The playing style of the team will play a role. It is very important for me”.
— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) November 9, 2022
Mudryk was reportedly close to leaving Shakhtar in the latest transfer window, but ended up with the 13-time Ukrainian Premier League champions.
Although he was disappointed that the move never materialized, Mudrik acknowledged that the delay could actually be to his advantage, saying, “I’ve spoken to two or three head coaches, either directly or through a translator. These were Nice, Bayer Leverkusen and Brentford.
“When it didn’t work, I was a little frustrated, but as we see now, God’s plan is better than my dreams.”