Mykhailo Mudryk ‘surprised’ by Arsenal fans on social media as winger talks up possible move

Mykhailo Mudryk once again talked up a possible Arsenal move  (Getty Images)
Mykhailo Mudryk once again talked up a possible Arsenal move (Getty Images)

Mykhailo Mudryk has admitted the level of interaction from Arsenal fans on social media has surprised him, as rumours linking him with a move to north London continue.

The Shakhtar Donetsk winger scored three goals in the Champions League group stage and has attracted attention from a whole host of clubs across Europe, with it looking inevitable that he will leave the Ukrainian side in the near future.

Previous comments from Mudryk have revealed his admiration for the Gunners, who are targeting the 21-year-old and see the signing of a winger as a priority.

Speaking in an interview with Vlada Sedan, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s wife, Mudryk suggested the amount of interest from Arsenal supporters was not something he expected.

“One surprise for me was how many Arsenal fans followed me,” Mudryk told Sedan.

“No other club’s fans have interacted as much as them. Telling me that they are waiting for me, saying ‘Come to us’. One of my recent posts has over 500 comments saying that.”

Mudryk once again spoke in positive terms about the Gunners, who will hope a strong January transfer window after the World Cup can help them maintain their Premier League charge, with Mikel Arteta’s side sitting five points clear at the top.

Praising Arsenal’s style of play, Mudryk also revealed the kind of discussions he would need to have with Arteta before committing to joining the club.

“Yeah, I check on them on MyScore and know when they’re playing, I can check on them,” Mudryk said.

“I also watch them too. A very dynamic side, in general not just in controlling possession but also in scoring goals.

“The team’s style of play will play a role (in transfer decision). It’s very important to me.”

On other factors that will influence his thinking, he added: “I would first want to know from the head coach that even if I wasn’t a guaranteed starter, that I’d receive a chance.

“Essentially I need to hear directly from the manager what he envisages my role to be in his side.”