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“I’d probably choose Arsenal instead of sitting on Real Madrid’s bench” – £52.3m winger believes Arteta will play him ahead of Martinelli

“I’d probably choose Arsenal instead sitting on Real Madrid’s bench” – £52.3m winger believes Arteta will play him ahead of Martinelli –

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Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has revealed he would rather start for Arsenal than sit on the bench for Real Madrid, while also labelling the Gunners a ‘dynamic’ side and highlighting style of play as a key factor that will help him choose his next club.

Mudryk, still only 21, was identified as a talent after making his breakthrough at Shakhtar last season. But after a proposed summer transfer to Brentford, Nice or Bayer Leverkusen didn’t happen, he has hit new heights in orange and black so far in 2022/23.

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The Ukraine international has managed 16 goal involvements in 16 appearances, including five in the Champions League group stage as Shakhtar were still in with a strong chance of reaching the last 16 until losing on matchday six against RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old has burst onto the scene with the Ukrainian side this season, posting eight goals and eight assists from 16 appearances in all competitions.

Mudryk has particularly caught the eye in the Champions League, scoring against Celtic and RB Leipzig, as well as contributing to 11 goals in 10 league matches.

The Ukraine international has long been linked with a switch to Arsenal, who are expected to be in the market for a new winger in the January transfer window, while Newcastle have also been credited with an interest.

Now, The Sun claims that Man United are also keeping a close eye on Mudryk’s development, having sent scouts to monitor his performances across Europe this season.

Mudryk is contracted to the Ukrainian giants until the summer of 2026 after penning an extension in February, and the report adds that Man United are not expected to move for the attacker in January given their significant summer outlay.

Mudryk has spent his entire senior career at Shakhtar after joining their youth ranks in 2016, scoring 10 goals and setting up 17 more in 42 appearances for the club.

The 21-year-old has also earned eight caps for his country, and he recently talked up a potential move to Arsenal when questioned on his future during an interview.

Mudryk was speaking to Vlada Sedan – the wife of current Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko – and said that he regularly keeps track of the Gunners’ scores.

“Yeah. I check on them on MyScore and know when they’re playing I can check on them,” the Shakhtar attacker told Sedan’s YouTube channel. “I also watch them too. They are a very dynamic side, in general not just in controlling possession but also in scoring goals.”

Mudryk also affirmed that he would rather start for Arsenal than sit on the bench for Real Madrid, but he insisted that such a scenario was purely hypothetical.

“From a purely hypothetical perspective if there was the option of being a bench player for Real Madrid or a starter for Arsenal, I’d probably choose Arsenal,” Mudryk added.

“But it’s a tough question and involves a lot of factors in my answer. I would first want to know from the head coach that even if I wasn’t a guaranteed starter, that I’d receive a chance.”

Man United currently boast Antony, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho as their wide options, but Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to leave in January after launching a scathing attack on the club in a recent interview with Piers Morgan.

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