Ian Wright feels sympathy for Chelsea newcomer Mykhailo Mudryk after missing out on his dream transfer to Arsenal.
Leading the race to sign the 22-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk winger, The Gunners thought late on Saturday morning they were ready to sign their first target in January after making a third offer.
However, a Chelsea delegation led by co-owner Behdad Eghbali flew to Poland this weekend and launched a swift, successful hijack.
Mudryk had made no secret of his interest in joining the current Premier League leaders. He openly admitted his admiration for Mikel Arteta’s side in an interview last year and dropped several hints on social media that he was pining for a move to North London.
Chelsea’s willingness to offer a higher fee and more lucrative wages ultimately saw them win the race to sign a player described by his former manager and current Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi as a potential future Ballon d’Or winner.
Wright believes Mudryk would have been a perfect addition to Arteta’s lively, fast-paced side and instead questioned the motives behind Chelsea’s signing.
He told Premier League Productions: “He would be a perfect fit. I feel for him because he made no secret of how much he wanted to come to Arsenal. At 22 he is a fantastic player.
“Chelsea yes, they came in and I know we’ve done a lot of homework for him to get him into the group and fit into the style of football we play.
“Chelsea, however, has the finances and the opportunities to not stand out, because we know he wanted to come, but maybe the people around him with the money are a lot more attractive.”
Although missing a player Arsenal has been following for almost a year, Wright believes Arsenal were ultimately right not to enter into a bidding war with their West London rivals and destabilize the harmony Arteta has created within his current squad.
He added; “From an Arsenal perspective, I’m glad they’re not going after something that takes us off the road we’re trying to build and spend £100m on someone who hasn’t played 50 games.
“You could screw up what you’re doing, but you go off plan. Hope he’s as good as he looks.
“But I’m really glad they said we can’t do that. It’s a good business decision for the team and for what Arsenal are doing at the moment. But I wish him luck because I know he wanted come.”
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