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Arsenal: Arteta could find new Walcott in Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal are eyeing up a swoop for Ukrainian talent Mykhaylo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta aims to add at least another new face to his squad.

That’s according to French outlet Media Foot Marseille which claims that Arsenal are increasingly active in pursuing the winger, although they haven’t tabled an offer as of yet.

His current Shakthar Donetsk contract expires in 2026 and the report states that he wouldn’t leave for anything less than €20m (£17m).

With Arteta looking to add another winger to his squad, Mudryk could be a great option to call upon.

Theo Walcott 2.0?

The Spanish manager has undergone somewhat of a squad overhaul this summer in order to get Arsenal back into the Premier League top four and Champions League qualification.

It appears to be working – so far anyway – with new signings Gabriel Jesus, who has two goals and registered three assists already, and Oleksandr Zinchenko providing the much-needed spark as the Gunners have notched three consecutive victories to begin their campaign.

With reports linking Nicolas Pepe to Nice and a loan move edging closer, it will give Arteta space to add in a winger to the side, with Yeremy Pino and Moussa Diaby linked of late, a move for Mudryk could be a cheaper alternative.

His talents also echo that of former Arsenal wide man Theo Walcott and thus, Arteta could unearth the club’s modern-day version of the flying winger.

Football talent scout, Jacek Kulig, said as far back as 2018 that Mudryk’s pace and acceleration were very strong and Walcott was famed for his speed which enabled him to constantly pass defenders with ease.

Indeed, Fintan O’Reilly of Total Football Analysis once noted the following about the Ukrainian: “One of the big positives to his game from a dribbling perspective, however, is that he retains a lot of his rapid pace while carrying the ball.”

He continued: “Mudryk can dribble at a very fast pace, which makes it difficult for defenders to time challenges on him as he carries the ball towards goal.”

His talents are certainly reminiscent of a young Walcott, despite playing on the opposite wing and Arteta could do with a unique option to call upon in his attack.

Mudryk played 11 times for Shakthar in the league last season, scoring twice and registering seven assists, proving he can not only chip in with a few goals but also create plenty of opportunities for his teammates. Walcott also contributed heavily in that regard, proving to be a creative and goalscoring force during his spell at Arsenal, scoring 108 times and grabbing 80 assists.

With the 21-year-old being dubbed as “unstoppable” by the club’s official social channels following a recent performance against Domzale, Arteta should be acting quickly to seal any potential move as soon as possible.