Date:17th January 2023 at 8:00am
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Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has cleared the air about the club’s failed transfer move for Mykhaylo Mudryk.

THE LOWDOWN: FAILED TRANSFER

Arsenal have been on Mudryk‘s case since the summer but made more moves this winter transfer window. Despite making three official bids and the player’s readiness to come to the Emirates, a deal could not be reached because Arsenal’s offer was still shy of the club’s valuation.

Rivals Chelsea then turned up after the Gunners’ final bid with a much better package to get ahead of the Premier League leaders and have subsequently unveiled the winger.

THE LATEST: ARTETA’S CLARIFICATION

Arteta has opened up on the failed transfer move for Mykhaylo Mudryk who ended up joining London rivals, Chelsea.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Tottenham in the north London derby, Arteta was quizzed on how he felt about missing out on a top transfer target.

“I am happy with the players we have,” Arteta said.

“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.”

THE VERDICT: MOVE ON

Arteta may be slightly disappointed that his side missed out on the winger, but he is also aware of the club’s financial situation. The manager and the club can now look at other alternatives before the January window closes.