‘Fastest player I’ve ever watched’: BBC reporter wowed by ‘future superstar’ who fancies Arsenal move

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Mykhaylo Mudryk in recent weeks.

In August, MediaFoot Marseille claimed that the Gunners were among the teams eyeing the 21-year-old.

Speculation intensified when Mmudryk10 – the official account of the Shakhtar Donetsk gem – ‘liked’ a post linking Arsenal with him.

However, the Gunners weren’t able to get a deal over the line by the summer transfer deadline.

Since then, Mudryk has been making even more of a name for himself for Shakhtar.

He has two goals and two assists from two Champions League games this term, plus one assist from three Premier Liga games.

Mudryk is currently on international duty with Ukraine and, on Wednesday, played in the Nations League encounter against Scotland.

The youngster was bright in the opening exchanges at Hampden Park, prompting praise from BBC Sport pundit Pat Nevin.

“Ukraine think they’ve got us for pace at the back,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live (21/9, 19:56).

“Dovbyk doesn’t look quick at first glance, but when he gets his legs going he really is.

“And Mudryk, as we’ve seen, is absolutely rapid.”

BBC journalist Nick McPheat added (21/9, 19:57): “Celtic fans will know all about Mykhaylo Mudryk after the winger scored for Shakhtar Donetsk in last week’s Champions League draw.

What a player the 21-year-old looks. He’s lightning quick.”

And ahead of half time, McPheat sung Mudryk’s praises further.

“I’m not joking when I say Mudryk might be the fastest player I’ve ever watched,” he said (21/9, 20:24).

“It’s genuinely breathtaking when he’s in full flight. Could be watching a future superstar here.”

“I can’t say no”

It would certainly appear that Mudryk is ready to make the move to Arsenal if the chance presents itself.

“Yes, I think every guy dreams about playing in the Premier League,” he told CBS Sports recently.

“Arsenal is a very good team, very good coach. I like the way they play.

“Yes, from my side, I can’t say no, but a transfer is not only my decision.”



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