Mykhailo Mudryk could ‘regret’ turning down Arsenal as Chelsea face huge Champions League battle, says pundit

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

William Gallas believes Mykhailo Mudryk could soon live to regret signing for Chelsea having spent weeks in talks with Arsenal.

The Blues beat the Premier League leaders to the Ukrainian’s signature in January having gazumped Arsenal, reportedly his priority club, by agreeing to pay £89million for his services.

“Mudryk may have made a mistake, he had the opportunity to play for Arsenal,” former defender Gallas told Genting Casino.

“The way Arsenal play, he would have fit into that squad and at the end of the season, he may regret it. What if Chelsea do not qualify for the Champions League?

“Arsenal may be the champions in the end. At the end of the season, maybe he will regret it. It could have been an opportunity for him to play well and in the Champions League next season.

“However, Arsenal will have to move on, and now they will have the chance to bring in new players so that they can play with the players they want.”

Gallas, who played for both Arsenal and Chelsea in his career as a player, added that the Gunners’ alternative signing, Leandro Trossard, may struggle to produce his best in north London.

He said: “I don’t know if Leandro Trossard is a good signing. He has a big profile like his fellow teammates but the question is, can he lift his level at a big club?

“If it's a good signing, he will help take Arsenal to victory. When you bring players to a big club, they have to play really well, so we need to wait and see what happens.”