Mykhailo Mudryk extended Chelsea’s lead to 2-0 against Arsenal by executing a perfectly precise lob over the head of Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya.
The winger received the ball on the left flank and made a dash toward the penalty area. At first, it seemed like he might attempt a cross, but Mudryk noticed that Raya was positioned well off his line.
He then opted for the lob, which sailed over Raya’s head and nestled into the back of the net, igniting a wave of jubilation at Stamford Bridge.
MYKHAILO MUDRYK WHAT A GOAL
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— Zack🥷🏿 (@HazardXMessi10) October 21, 2023
WOW! MUDRYK LOBS RAYA! 🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/YGMpdAaNJN
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 21, 2023
MUDRYK SCORES FROM AN UNREAL ANGLE 😮 pic.twitter.com/823IRH7xjj
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 21, 2023
The goal held all the more significance for Mudryk, given that he was the subject of a long-running pursuit by Arsenal in January.
But Chelsea performed a last-minute hijack of the move and he joined the Blues instead.
And after what has been a difficult adaptation to English football since his arrival from Shakhtar, Mudryk has begun to find his feet in the Premier League.
He now has two goals to his name, and doubled Chelsea’s lead over their fierce London rivals following Cole Palmer’s first half penalty.
Mudryk played a key role in that goal as well, with his header ricocheting off the arm of William Saliba. After a VAR monitor check, referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot, with Palmer doing the rest for Chelsea from 12 yards out.
Palmer nearly made it 3-0 on 56 minutes when his pass was intercepted, with the Spaniard rushing towards the feet of the ex-Manchester City star and preventing him from getting a clear shot away.