Who is Mykhailo Mudryk? Arsenal Target’s Stats, FIFA 23 Card

When the transfer window reopens in January 2023, one of Europe’s most highly regarded young talents might be on his way to the Premier League to pursue his ambition of winning the Ballon d’Or.

Mykhailo Mudryk has revealed that he may be departing Ukrainian Premier League team Shakhtar Donetsk soon, though he admits to being astonished at the speculated scale of the fee. Elite clubs on the continent have long coveted Mudryk.

English premier league players The cat lover and Ukrainian international, who has extensively discussed the possibility of joining the Gunners and admitted his disappointment at early interest from Nice, Bayer Leverkusen, and Brentford failing to materialize, is thought to be the front-runner to sign for the Premier League champions.

Mudryk would bring what to Emirates Stadium, though. What does he think of hearing from Arsenal supporters on social media and what connection does he have to Neymar? For those specifics and more, keep reading.

Why Mykhailo Mudryk is vital to Arsenal

No Arsenal player has ever been directly involved in as many goals before the 2022 FIFA World Cup schedule resumed as Gabriel Jesus did with his 11 goals.

Who is Mykhailo Mudryk
Who is Mykhailo Mudryk

The Brazilian forward, whose club team is starting the second half of a season they hope would culminate in Premier League success, suffered a catastrophic knee injury at the championships. It is unknown when he might return.

Jesus’ injury has prompted additional calls for Arsenal to reinforce their team, which some have suggested would be ideal given the club’s current form, league standing, and probability of competing in the Champions League again next season, which have given them a strong hand in the transfer market.

Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, would undoubtedly like to work with Mudryk during his early years of playing football.

The Coaches’ Voice praised Mudryk’s development but issued a word of caution, saying that his game needed “fine-tuning” and that he could improve his capacity to locate teammates when confronted with a compact, low block.

That challenge would be ideal for Arteta, who had developed a young team through his efforts in the gym and is getting more accustomed to assisting Arsenal in breaking down resolute defensive foes, as he demonstrated when his team overcame a goal deficit to defeat West Ham on December 26 easily.

Oleksandr Zinchenko, a colleague of Mudryk’s from Ukraine, reportedly urged Arsenal to sign him, saying that the fullback’s presence at the club could improve its appeal to their target.

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Mykhailo Mudryk height, age, bio

Mudryk, who stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters) tall and was raised in the Ukrainian city of Krasnograd, graduated from the Metalist Kharkiv academy and played for Dnipro before joining Champions League regulars Shakhtar.

When he was a child, his bedroom wall was covered with images of elite athletes, including Ronaldinho. In one picture, Mudryk stood next to Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez as the mascot for a match between Ukraine and Uruguay.

Against Slovakia in 2017, he scored twice for the Ukraine Under-16 team to show early promise at the international level. He then contributed directly to six goals in many games to qualify for the U17 European Championship.

In 2018, Mudryk made his Shakhtar debut at 17, but according to reports, then-coach Paulo Fonseca had early concerns about his demeanor.

The Shakhtar captain Taras Stepanenko remarked of the player who had loan stints at Desna Chernihiv and the appropriately titled Arsenal Kyiv immediately after making his Shakhtar debut, “He sometimes didn’t heed what the coach said to him.”

When Roberto De Zerbi took over as Shakhtar’s manager in 2021, he was incredibly pleased by Mudryk and may have been the first coach to describe him as one of the top players in Europe.

The unabashed faith of the eloquently charismatic De Zerbi in Mudryk brought out the best in him. The following season, he made 11 top-flight games, scoring seven assists and twice while also participating in Shakhtar’s disappointing Champions League group-stage run and helping them win the Ukrainian Cup.

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Mudryk has established himself as a senior international, participating in all of Ukraine’s UEFA Nations League games in 2022. Ukraine wants Mudryk to be a part of their Euro U21 finals squad in the summer of 2023 after he helped to contribute four goals in five appearances during their qualification run.

Unsurprisingly, it was believed that De Zerbi’s new team, Brighton & Hove Albion, would be in the running to recruit Mudryk before Arsenal ramped up their interest amid the Shakhtar sensation’s scorching start to the season.

In addition to his seven goals and six assists in 12 UPL games, Mudryk has been in excellent form in the Champions League.

Mudryk scored twice against Scottish powerhouses Celtic after helping to set up two goals and achieve himself in Shakhtar’s opening 4-1 victory at RB Leipzig. He played all bar 21 minutes of the group stage, featuring a 1-1 draw with reigning champions Real Madrid.

Mudryk’s powerful finishing abilities were displayed in those goals against Celtic, with his goal in Glasgow coming from a distance.

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Artem Dovbyk, a forward for Dnipro, narrowly defeated Mudryk to win the 2022 UPL Player of the Year award.

Mudryk said on Instagram that he will be spending the 2022–2023 winter break in Dubai, the same place the Arsenal squad players who were not competing in the World Cup went.

He was forced to watch the action from a distance because Ukraine narrowly missed qualifying for the finals. The cat-loving tattoo enthusiast issued a warning after a video of a member of Brazil’s media crew ejecting a cat from a table at a press conference during the competition went viral.

“He who offends cats ends up exiting the World Cup,” Mudryk said of the pre-tournament favorites who went out to Croatia in the quarterfinals.

Fans have likened Mudryk to Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr, World Cup top scorer Kylian Mbappe, and another PSG superstar: some are dubbing him ‘The Ukrainian Neymar.’

The playmaker for Brazil appears to have taken notice of the praise since he sent Mudryk a video message of support.

Mudryk has offered his thoughts on Arsenal. “I know when they’re playing, so I can check on them,” he told Vlada Sedan (via Zorya translation), calling Arteta’s side “very dynamic… not just in controlling possession, but also in scoring goals”.

When asked about the patience necessary to wait for a spot in the first team, he responded, “From a purely theoretical or dream standpoint, if I had to choose between starting for Arsenal or being a bench player for Real Madrid, I’d probably prefer Arsenal.”

“I would first want to know from the head coach that even if I weren’t a guaranteed starter, I’d receive a chance. Essentially, I need to hear directly from the manager what he envisages my role to be on his side. The team’s style of play will play a role. It’s essential to me.”

“One surprise for me was how many Arsenal fans followed me. No other club’s fans have interacted as much as they have. They told me they were waiting for me, saying, ‘come to us.’ One of my recent [social media] posts has more than 500 comments saying that.”

When asked whether he would be “upset” if he did not make his much-mooted move in the winter of the 2022/23 season, Mudryk paused and replied: “Yes.”

What position does Mudryk play?

Right-footed Wideman Mudryk is swift with both feet. When width is a priority, he may stay along the touchline or move inside to play as an inverted winger a la Gabriel Martinelli in a more compact system, using his technical skill and speed to evade defenders.

He would complement Arsenal’s attacking lineup, which is built around speed, skill, and a keen eye for goal, as players like Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka have demonstrated during an impressive collective start to the season that has seen Arsenal go from hopefuls for the Champions League to legitimate title contenders after losing just one of their first 15 Premier League games.

Although Mudryk has previously discussed playing as a central striker, Shakhtar primarily uses him on the left wing. Thus it is unlikely that he would replace Jesus or outperform him in that position for Arsenal.

Wherever he plays, Mudryk wants to win the most prestigious individual prize in football. He told Roman Bebekh (via Zoyra translation): “De Zerbi asked me, ‘what is your dream?’. I said to win the Ballon d’Or. He asked me, ‘do you believe that you can?’. I said yes. He took these words very seriously and later told me he believes I can win it under him.”

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Mudryk important stats

Mudryk has participated in 38 games for the UPL, scoring nine goals and providing 13 assists. His 12 games have produced three goals and two assists in the Champions League group stage.

In the UPL, he has received five cautions, been dismissed once, and three more in the Champions League. Mudryk earned eight caps for Ukraine, starting four of their final six games before 2022. He has been booked twice but has yet to score for his nation.

Mudryk FIFA 23 card

Futhead provides the following statistics and Mudryk’s total FIFA 23 rating.

  • Pace: 88
  • Shooting: 63
  • Passing: 67
  • Dribbling: 78
  • Defending: 44
  • Physical: 58

An increase in Mudryk’s speed could be one development to watch out for. Bebek reported that Mudryk “spends almost every day” at the gym working with a personal trainer, adding that his 36.6km/h record for sprint speed in the Champions League group stage is “only 30%” of his potential. “My aim is to reach a 40km/h sprint,” added Mudryk.

Mudryk’s top speed is only marginally quicker than the comparable mark set by Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez in the Premier League during the pre-World Cup portion of the 2022–23 season: 36.5 km/h.

If Mudryk becomes a regular at Arsenal’s London Colney headquarters, watch out for the foot races at training. Martinelli finished second to Nunez at 35.9 km/h.

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