Arsenal fans confronted Chelsea star Mykhalio Mudryk in London over his failed transfer to the Emirates.
Mudryk appeared briefly in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham United last weekend. Despite Carney Chukwuemeka canceling Nayef Aguerd’s opener, Michail Antonio and Lucas Paqueta’s second-half goals secured a significant Premier League victory.
Mauricio Pochettino continues to search for his first win as Chelsea manager, with Mudryk unable to impact the match.
After the game, the Ukrainian was seen in London and faced taunts from Arsenal fans on the streets.
Seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, the Chelsea player encountered a group of Arsenal supporters who approached him about his unsuccessful move to the North London side.
Mudryk had his window rolled down and maintained eye contact with the fans, but chose not to engage in conversation.
The fans could be heard mentioning that Arsenal was his ‘dream club’, and that he ‘would’ve won the Premier League’ if he had joined the Gunners. Another voice in the crowd asserted that his ‘time will come’, with references to the outcome of Sunday’s match also audible.
Of course, the 22-year-old was seemingly on track to sign with Mikel Arteta’s team before Chelsea swooped in, securing his services for a staggering £89 million in January.
He has participated in 19 matches across various competitions for the club, yet he has yet to score a goal.
Speaking after his side’s defeat at the London Stadium, Pochettino bemoaned the missed opportunities in the first-half.
“That’s football. Teams like us, we need to get the right balance. I think today there were a few actions we didn’t manage well and we concede,” he said.
“We create many chances and we did well in the first half. We should have won the game with our first half.
“In the second half with another isolated action we concede again.
“To find the space to create clear chances [is difficult] but overall it is this type of game that is difficult to explain.”
So far this season, Mudryk has made two substitute appearances in Chelsea’s opening league games.
Pochettino’s side return to action on Friday when they host Luton Town.