Steven Gerrard makes bold claim about Mykhailo Mudryk as Chelsea debutante shines
Mudryk has seemingly already forgotten about Arsenal
Mykhailo Mudryk seems to have moved on quickly from his near move to Arsenal after he shared a Chelsea chant mocking the Gunners.
Mudryk came off the bench for the Blues to make his debut in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool on Saturday and caught the eye with his first appearance for his new club.
The Ukrainian, who arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee set to total £100m earlier in the week, was a thorn in the Liverpool backline and went close to scoring on more than one occasion in the Anfield stalemate. His pace and trickery was too much, for one, for James Milner, who was yellow carded and then substituted, while Trent Alexander Arnold also encountered some difficulties facing the pacy and tricky 22-year-old.
What makes his performance all the more impressive is the fact that, after the game, as Chelsea manager Graham Potter said, "he hasn't played for a while, he's been on a mid-season break."
Well he certainly showed no signs of rustiness out there.
Twinkle toes ✨
Terrific quick feet in the box from Chelsea debutant Mykhailo Mudryk who just misses the target! pic.twitter.com/kARRNHB94B
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 21, 2023
Chelsea fans have already taken a shine to him and have made a chant for him, which the 21-year-old shared to his Instagram account, poking fun at Arsenal for missing out on his signature.
The song says: "He flew in from Ukraine, on Boehly's Private plane, Mudryk said to me, 'Have Arsenal ever won the Champions League?'
"So I told him no, you know the place to go."
He also added several blue love hearts and if early signs are to go by, the tricky winger is going to become a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge very quickly. Arsenal fans, meanwhile, are beginning to realise that they are missing out on a good thing, while Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand already gave the winger high praise, with Ferdinand sensing that Arsenal will regret missing out.
"Who knows what he’s going to be producing after this but it’s exciting for Chelsea fans. I’m sure there will be Arsenal fans sitting there going, 'oh my days, how did we let that one go?," said Ferdinand.
Also speaking on BT Sport, Steven Gerrard compared him to Arjen Robben.
"He reminded me a little bit of Arjen Robben here today, his footwork, how quick he is, how he manipulates the ball, I would be very excited if I was Chelsea," said Gerrard.
"Seeing Mudryk for 10 minutes, I wouldn't like to play against him," added Neville.
It's the second time Chelsea fans have made a chant dedicated to mocking their rivals as they also sang a song for João Félix, after he turned down a loan move to the Emirates Stadium in favour of going to the west London side.