Mikel Arteta’s response to Chelsea’s signing of Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk: ‘We have to have discipline’

The Ukraine winger was unveiled at Stamford Bridge earlier on Sunday after Chelsea agreed an £89m deal, with Mudryk signing an eight-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues after agreeing a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mudryk was Arsenal’s main target and the Gunners had been embroiled in lengthy negotiations with Shakhtar, reportedly hammering out a deal before Chelsea rushed to hijack the deal at the weekend.

It comes after Chelsea have already secured the loan signing of Joao Felix, another Arsenal-linked player, and it remains to be seen who the Gunners now turn their attention to before the window closes at the end of the month.

Raphinha is among those currently under scrutiny as Arsenal look to bolster their forward options. With Gabriel Jesus out injured and Emile Smith Rowe just back, this is an area of ​​the pitch the club could use to strengthen.

The final two weeks of the transfer window could be crucial for the Gunners, who sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following the win over Tottenham. Arteta is confident the club are still looking to be active, but he won’t be forced into deals that don’t make sense.

“I’m very proud to have the players we have,” Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about Chelsea signing Mudryk.

“We always want to improve the team. The club is the first that tries to do everything to improve the players.

“But I also think we have to have some discipline. We must be very consistent in the objectives that we want but also in what we are able to do at each moment.

“We can make players better – let’s focus on that.”

He added: “The window is open, we will try to improve the team. There are always a few parties involved.

“The club is ready, they have my support, I have their support, and we will try to do it together.”


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