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Arsenal Face Stiff Competition For This Talented Winger: Is He Worth The Fight?

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In a recent report, The Daily Express claimed that Arsenal are facing stiff competition for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. It has been mentioned that the Gunners will have to rival Brighton and Hove Albion in the race to land the Ukrainian attacker during the January transfer window.

Mudryk’s Decent Run Of Form At Shakhtar This Season

The talented wide player has caught the eye with his performances on the left side of Shakhtar’s frontline during this campaign. The 21-year-old has featured in five matches for the Ukrainian club this season, finding the back of the net twice and securing three assists across various competitions.

Mudryk has been a joy to watch in Europe over the past couple of months as he is averaging 1.0 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League. The Krasnograd-born youngster has distributed the ball accurately in the opponent’s half after completing 81% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Mudryk is under contract at the Ukrainian outfit until the summer of 2026 which could make it tough for the Gunners to sign him on the cheap at the end of this campaign.

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Emirates Stadium

Arsenal Facing Competition From Brighton For Mudryk: Is He Worth The Fight?

Mudryk has got the eye to play a killer pass on the attacking third of the field and can complete some eye-catching dribbles out on the flanks. He excels at generating space for himself to get a few shots in on target and has now begun to score and create a handful of important goals for his team. The Ukrainian sensation is primarily a left-winger but can also play on the right flank or in the number ten position as an attacking midfielder if required. However, it remains to be seen whether he can make a smooth transition to life in Premier League football.

Still, Mudryk could prove to be a shrewd signing for the Gunners if they can find a way to get a deal over the line for him next summer. He will add more firepower to Mikel Arteta‘s attack and also increase competition for places within his match-day squad.

At 21, the future is quite bright for the Shakhtar talent, so he is well worth the fight. Arsenal should prioritize on launching a move to bring him on board as he is good enough to help them challenge across all fronts in the coming seasons.

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