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Mykhailo Mudryk drops Arsenal hint as Chelsea look to hijack deal

Mykhailo Mudryk has dropped yet another Arsenal transfer hint as he streamed their Premier League game with Brighton and branded Mikel Arteta a ‘top coach’.

Arsenal look to be at the front of the queue to sign Mudryk, although Chelsea have also joined the transfer race and are looking to bring the Ukrainian to Stamford Bridge.

Mudryk has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign for Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring seven goals in the league and three in the UEFA Champions League.

The 21-year-old winger could be on the move in the January transfer window, although Shakhtar have slapped a £85million asking price on his head, having turned down a £55m bid from Arsenal in December.

Mudryk has not been shy of praising the league leaders Arsenal and watched on as they travelled to Brighton on New Year’s Eve looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The Ukraine international posted a short video on Instagram which revealed him streaming the match with the caption ‘2 top coaches’.

Mudryk is clearly an admirer of former Manchester City assistant head coach Arteta and Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi, who he worked under at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Arsenal were handed a boost just before their game with Brighton as title rivals Manchester City dropped two points at home to Frank Lampard’s Everton.

The London club took an early lead against Brighton, Bukayo Saka continuing his good form with a goal inside two minutes.

Arsenal doubled their lead just before half-time through Martin Odegaard, before Eddie Nketiah and Martinelli both scored after the interval in a 4-2 victory.

Despite dropping points to Everton, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was satisfied by his team’s display and took a swipe at Frank Lampard’s tactics.

‘Great game. We played really good in the last three games and it makes me feel optimistic,’ Guardiola said. ‘Dropping points at home is always tough but I’m always trying to make our game good and we have continued to do it.

‘I would say they had eight in the back. In that situation it’s movement and attacking at the right moment. In general we did it.

‘We didn’t allow them transitions. They made a fantastic goal and when that happens you say congratulations but in general we did really well.’


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