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13th Oct 2023

Mykhaylo Mudryk confronts Arsenal fan after ‘London is red’ jibe

Callum Boyle

Mykhaylo Mudryk

Mudryk had the perfect response

Mykhaylo Mudryk provided the perfect response to an Arsenal fan that claimed “London is red”.

Mudryk is currently away on international duty with Ukraine after scoring his first Premier League goal for Chelsea in their 2-0 win away at Fulham.

The winger was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in January but Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten to his signature by the Blues, who forked out ÂŁ87m to prize him away from Shakhtar Donetsk.

While getting on the team coach ahead of Ukraine’s game against North Macedonia and Malta, a fan tried to troll the 22-year-old by asking for a photo before showing “London is red”.

Mudryk wasn’t fazed however and had the perfect response to the fan, saying: “Why are you asking for a photo then?”

Although a move to the Gunners failed to materialise, Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin revealed they were in contact with Mudryk “almost every day”.

He told The Athletic: “Arsenal contacted the player almost one and a half months before they contacted us. 

“Can you imagine, for example, to have Mikel Arteta, Oleksandr Zinchenko and the sporting director (Edu) calling you, to have Arsenal calling you almost every day, every two days, every three days? You can want or not want the move but you follow this kind of reception and contacts. 

“If you talk about Chelsea, they called me at the end of December and asked if they can contact Mudryk because they are interested in him and want to talk with him. I said, ‘No problem, you can contact him’.

“Overall, it was the same. Not approximately the same — it was the same figure. The fixed part, variable part, bonuses. But if you look inside the fixed part and bonuses, it was completely different. Therefore, in this case, Chelsea was much more serious and fair in some points.”

Chelsea will face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge after the international break.

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