Mykhailo Mudryk left in tears after move to Arsenal broke down

Mudryk left in tears after failed Arsenal move || Imago

Mykhailo Mudryk left in tears after move to Arsenal broke down

Stephen Oladehinde 21:11 - 28.02.2024

In a dramatic twist of football fate, Mykhailo Mudryk's dream move to Arsenal crumbled last January, leaving the winger in a whirlwind of emotions.

After lighting up the pitch at Shakhtar Donetsk in the first half of the 2022-23 season, Mudryk seemed destined for a blockbuster move to Arsenal, a club ready to shatter its transfer record to secure his services.

However, Chelsea swooped in with a staggering £88m offer, tipping the scales in their favour with a deal that Shakhtar couldn't refuse. Despite the lucrative move, Mudryk's heart was set on Arsenal, leading to a cascade of disappointment when the transfer fell apart.

Mudryk's Arsenal Dream Shattered

"The Athletic" captures the depth of Mudryk's despair, revealing that he was 'devastated' upon realizing his Arsenal move was off the table.

The situation escalated to the point where an emotional Mudryk, en route to the airport for his London flight, made a last-ditch call to Arsenal, pleading for a lifeline to his dream move.

Mykhailo Mudryk of Chlesea || Imago
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Despite his passionate appeal, fate had other plans, and Mudryk inked an extensive eight-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea.

 A Rocky Road at Stamford Bridge

Transitioning to life at Chelsea has been anything but smooth for Mudryk. Once touted by his Shakhtar coach, Roberto De Zerbi, as a potential Ballon d'Or contender, Mudryk's form has dipped significantly in England.

With a meagre tally of four goals in 43 appearances, his debut year at Stamford Bridge has been underwhelming, to say the least.

Mauricio Pochettino's preference for Cole Palmer and Raheem Sterling has further sidelined Mudryk, culminating in a year where he hasn't started a single league game in 2024 and remained ineffective as a substitute in Chelsea's recent Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool.

On the flip side, Arsenal swiftly moved past the Mudryk saga, signing Leandro Trossard from Brighton for £27m. Trossard has seamlessly adapted to life at the Emirates, becoming a pivotal figure with 11 goals and 12 assists in 53 appearances, showcasing the unpredictable nature of football transfers and the sometimes stark contrast in player impact.