Jan 16 • 1HR 20M

Podcast: Moving on from Mudryk

Episode 2 focuses on the Mudryk Saga, Alternatives, and the NLD

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Scott Willis
Adam Rae Voge
Thoughts and analysis on Arsenal and the football (soccer) world at large.
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On this episode of the Cannon Stats Podcast, Adam and Scott dig into the fallout of the Mykhailo Mudryk transfer to Chelsea. Was this a miss for Arsenal or a bullet dodged?

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Adam on Mudryk :

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Mudryk, Edu, Boehly, and the art of saying "no"
The Mudryk saga has come to an unfortunate end. Todd Boehly, as he is wont to do, came in over the top with a €70m fixed fee and €30m in add-ons for the Ukrainian dynamo, with wages reportedly double what Arsenal were willing to pay. It’s a blow to many Arsenal supporters, so many of whom had fallen in love with Mudryk’s blistering speed via YouTube clips and clapped along as Mudryk posted and posted to his Instagram, teasing a move away from Shakhtar Donetsk…
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Scott on Mudryk:

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Arsenal in the Mud..ryk
You have all probably seen the news that Chelsea have successfully hijacked the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk. They ended up going to a valuation that Arsenal were unwilling to match. The reporting I have seen suggests that it was 10 million euros more guaranteed, a contract that is worth about 10-15 million euros more for Mudryk, and then easier to achieve add-on bonuses that are probably worth an additional 5-7 million euros over what Arsenal were willing to do. So all in they beat Arsenal by 25-35 million (if you see someone saying it was only a few million I think they are wrong or not giving the full truth…
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We talk about the breaking internet for Declan Rice, before also going into alternatives for Mudryk.

Adam’s post on Trossard:

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Should Arsenal sign Leandro Trossard?
It took all of about 18 hours for the first links in Arsenal’s ongoing attacker hunt to pop up. Leandro Trossard, diminutive Belgian, Roberto de Zerbi frenemy and Liverpool slayer, is reportedly an option on Arsenal’s list, according to 90min.com. For Arsenal, links to Trossard go back to summer. Arteta reportedly likes him, and he does have the stylistic feel of an Arteta attacker. As things stand, he’s in the middle of a dramatic standoff with manager Roberto de Zerbi involving missed trainings, being left out of the squad and plenty of hurt feelings…
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This is the list of Premier League Attacking Players:

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Premier League Attacker Alternatives to Mudryk
So the Mykhailo Mudryk looks to be ending with a move to Chelsea rather than Arsenal. I have a bit of relief honestly as this move felt like it was moving into winner’s curse range, with the performances needed to justify the move going well into the 75th plus for the range of outcomes. It could happen but the outcomes where it is a bad move seem to out…
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Additional Alternatives:

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9 players Arsenal should buy instead of caving to Shakhtar
Mykhaylo Mudryk has all the potential in the world. But that still doesn’t mean Arsenal can or should spend £88 million on him. Yes, players with potentially bright futures should cost a lot of money. Shakhtar have a right to ask for whatever they want. But buyers also have a right to say no, and move on…
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Adam taking a look at Ferran Torres as an option:

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Ferrán Torres isn't the answer
Like pretty much any player who’s passed through Manchester City recently, Ferrán Torres has been linked with Arsenal, with reports stating Arsenal made an approach in summer and could come back in the January window with an offer around £43 million…
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A stats scouting post from Scott on Raphinha from the summer:

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Stats Scouting: Raphinha
The links of Raphinha moving from Leeds United to Arsenal are pretty strong with growing reports that this is a serious possibility for Arsenal. The AthleticDavid Ornstein and Phil Hay Raphinha looks to be an interesting target, and one that was drawing interest from multiple teams but with Chelsea looking to favor Raheem Sterling, Tottenham favoring Richarlison, and Barcelona favoring bringing back Ousmane Dembélé it looks like Arsenal are the last contenders where he is the first choice…
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