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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke of his delight at putting on a ‘good show’ for Mykahylo Mudryk after it emerged that the 21-year-old was watching Monday’s win over West Ham United on the Emirates Stadium. The visitors found themselves a goal up in the primary half when Said Benrahma converted from the penalty spot, althoguh Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah went on to hit back after the interval to rescue all three points for the Gunners after an initially shaky begin to proceedings.

Mudryk, who was reportedly the topic of a gap bid from long-term admirers Arsenal on Monday, took to Instagram to let his followers know that he was watching the match to fuel rumours that he may very well be set to hitch the north Londoners in the beginning of the upcoming January window. Arteta was quizzed on Mudryk’s interest within the fixture after the ultimate whistle and replied by insisting that he was glad to have secured a very important victory in front of the cameras, although he refused to directly mention the Ukraine winger himself.

” that I never talk about players that aren’t with us,” said Arteta in his post-match press conference. “We said we are going to try to search out ways to strengthen the team. The nice thing in England is that we’re the one ones playing through Christmas, so hopefully loads of persons are watching our game and we’ve given them a very good show.”

Arsenal are widely expected to submit further bids for Mudryk if their first offer is rejected by Shakhtar, where he stays tied down until the summer of 2026 as things stand. He has previously expressed a desire to hitch the Gunners but it surely stays to be seen if they may have the option to strike an agreement together with his current employers over the approaching days, with Mudryk only set to be made available for a move elsewhere within the event a big offer is tabled.

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Shakhtar director Carlo Nicolini recently hinted that a minimum fee of £88million can be required to prise Mudryk away from the club next month, with Arsenal’s first bid of around £55m falling considerably wanting their demands. Mudryk took it upon himself to insist that his valuation must be reduced in an effort to increase the likelihood of a January exit, telling Sport Arena last month that he was concerned about the potential for his dreams being ruined by his sky-high asking price.

“I even have a long-term contract with Shakhtar,” said Mudryk. “I give all my strength and energy in order that Shakhtar achieves maximum results, but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship [and] I’m no exception.

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“But I’m 100 per cent sure that they’re unlikely to purchase a player from the championship of Ukraine for 100 million [euros]. I is not going to hide that I used to be very upset. The quantity of 100 million puts a barrier for my transition to the highest championship, which I so dreamed of. I am unable to say that my dream was killed, but wounded, that is needless to say.”

Arsenal will now be desperately hoping to barter a successful January move for Mudryk, who has chipped in with 10 goals and eight assists in all competitions to this point this season. He’s widely thought to be certainly one of the best emerging talents in Europe and appears destined to maneuver on to greater and higher things in some unspecified time in the future within the near future, together with his recent performances within the Champions League for Shakhtar turning loads of heads over the previous few months.

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