Mikel Arteta breaks silence on Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer saga after Arsenal beat Tottenham
After Arsenal defeated Tottenham, Mikel Arteta broke his silence on the Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer issue.
Chelsea signed Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk just hours before the north London derby on Sunday.
After his side’s comfortable victory over Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he was not concerned about missing out on Chelsea new boy Mykhaylo Mudryk. With a fantastic first-half display, the Gunners moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and they proceeded to keep the hosts at bay after the break to capture all three points on enemy soil for the first time since 2014.
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Arsenal scored early on as Bukayo Saka ran into the space passed Ryan Sessegnon and fired a powerful cross down the neck of Hugo Lloris, who was caught sleeping and could only dribble the ball into his net. Before halftime, Martin Odegaard extended Arsenal’s advantage with a beautiful effort from outside the box that rolled out of Lloris’ reach and into the bottom corner with exquisite accuracy.
Arsenal’s dominant victory on Sunday helped to alleviate the agony of missing out on the acquisition of Mudryk, who had been targeted by the north Londoners for several weeks before Chelsea stepped in at the last minute to hijack the deal for themselves. Arsenal reportedly made three substantial approaches for the Ukraine international winger, with their latest offer estimated to be about £62 million.
However, they were unwilling to match Chelsea’s mega-money £88m offer to complete the sale.
Mudryk was supposed to be Arteta’s top priority for the January transfer window, but the Spaniard seemed indifferent when asked about the story after the final whistle at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“I am happy with the players we have,” Arteta told Sky Sports. “We always try to improve the squad. We have to be consistent with the targets we want. The club is the first one that is trying, but I think as well we have to have some discipline. ” We can get those players [that we already have] better so let’s focus on that. We had injuries which are not helpful but we go [again] tomorrow, we go day by day. The window is open and we try to improve the team. The club is willing, they have my support and we’ll try and do it together.” Arteta was also full of praise for his Arsenal stars after they put Tottenham to the sword for the second time this season with a brilliant performance away from home to boost their hopes of winning the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City at the end of the campaign “I loved the way we played and the courage we showed to come here and play,” added the Arsenal boss. “Doing our job we can make a lot of people happy, and I’m sure we’ve made Arsenal fans very happy. “Everything we ask, they are so willing to try and do. They are a terrific group of players. I think today we went another step. We won last season in big stadiums, but the way we won today was pleasing to watch, it shows not only determination and courage but you have to have the belief and quaity to do it against this team. “That is down to the players. We were aggressive, we were intense against the high press. We won so many balls and duels. They created some openings, they are a dangerous team, but we did a lot of good work today.“