Ian Wright has defended Mykhailo Mudryk’s decision to join Chelsea and applauds the way Arsenal have reacted to missing their transfer target in January.
The Ukraine international has openly flirted with the idea of a move to the Premier League leaders for much of January, but his reluctance to meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking price gave his London rivals a chance to strike.
Mudryk ultimately opted for a move to Stamford Bridge on more favorable terms, but Arsenal legend Wright believes the 22-year-old should not be criticized for opting for a more lucrative offer.
He told the Arsecast podcast: “For Mudryk, I was very excited. With the money, it started to enter the realm where it could take us out of our ashes in terms of what we’re trying to do.
“He looks like the man who would fit into our group. I was a little disappointed, but not disappointed that Arsenal said ‘that’s fine’.
“He went there for money, I don’t blame him because he’s someone who had a lot more going for him personally and in his life.
“We can’t talk about how much money he’s willing to take for any reason. I’m not even going there if I’m honest. I was just disappointed we couldn’t catch him because he’s so good.
Mudryk underlined his potential with a standout debut against Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, but Arsenal have won more than a consolation prize with Leandro Trossard, according to Wright.
Asked if Arsenal still need signings if they want to boast of a side capable of making the most of their record start to the season, Wright added: I would (make more signings) as long as they are in that sort of Trossard of his Kiwior… that caliber of players.
“Hopefully they come in with the attitude that they know they are coming in as team players and this XI is going great, but I have the chance to know that once I get there I can stay. That’s how our team is developing.
“If you’re talking about getting Leandro Trossard. A 28 year old ready to be hooked up. He came on as a substitute against United, a big club, helped, which is exactly what we needed. I am happy with what we got as a backup plan.”
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