Mykhaylo Mudryk says he couldn’t turn down an offer from Arsenal in the winter, but the decision isn’t only up to him.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 01: Mykhaylo Mudryk of Ukraine warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park on June 01, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND: Mykhaylo Mudryk of Ukraine warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Scotland and Ukraine at Hampden Park on June 01, 2022. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Arsenal were linked with exciting 21-year-old winger Mykhaylo Mudryk over the summer, and their interest will only have increased after he opened Shakhtar Donetsk’s Champions League campaign with a goal and two assists on Tuesday.

Speaking about a potential transfer to the Premier League, Mudryk admitted it’s a dream of his and he wouldn’t be able to turn Arsenal down.

“Every guy dreams it (playing in the Premier League),” Mudryk said. “Arsenal are a very good team, very good coach, I like the way they play.

“From my side, I can’t say no (if Arsenal made an offer). But transfers are not only my decision and my word.”

For the time being, Mudryk will remain with Shakhtar, and he’s keen to focus on his current side until the January transfer window.

“In winter, we will see,” Mudryk added. “There were a lot of discussions about the transfer, about clubs who want me. But it’s normal. Now, I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team. I love this team.”

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on August 5, 2022. - Arsenal won the game 2-0. - (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta applauds supporters on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park in south London on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Guardian’s Nick Ames reported on deadline day that he expects Mudryk to be one of the sagas of the winter window, adding that Arsenal will watch closely to see how he fares in the Champions League.

Fabrizio Romano had reported that Arsenal explored the conditions of a deal on the player’s side in August, but it didn’t lead to a late bid as the Gunners focused on signing a midfielder.

David Ornstein confirmed for The Athletic that Mudryk was among Arsenal’s candidates for a wide-forward signing before that ultimately unsuccessful shift to a pursuit of a midfield signing.

If Arsenal decide to pursue a wide-forward signing in the winter window, it looks like Mudryk will be on their shortlist, and it certainly appears that he’s keen.

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