Arsenal ended up signing Leandro Trossard after missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk (Picture: Getty)
Ian Wright has defended Mykhailo Mudryk’s decision to join Chelsea and is delighted with the way Arsenal reacted to missing out on their No.1 January transfer target.
The Ukraine international spent much of January openly flirting with the idea of a move to the Premier League leaders, but their reluctance to meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking price presented their London rivals with an opportunity to pounce.
Mudryk ultimately opted for a move to Stamford Bridge on more favourable terms but Arsenal legend Wright believes the 22-year-old shouldn’t be criticised for opting to accept a more lucrative offer.
He told the Arsecast podcast: ‘With Mudryk I was very excited about that. With the money it started to get into the realm where it could knock us off our axes in terms of what we’re trying to do.
‘He looks like the kind of guy that would fit into our group. I was a bit disappointed but not disappointed that Arsenal went ‘that’s fine’.