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Mykhaylo Mudryk: Ukrainian Neymar opens up on joining Arsenal

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Mykhaylo Mudryk, who has been dubbed “the Ukrainian Neymar,” has admitted he “can’t say no” if given the opportunity to join Arsenal, who are interested in signing him.

Mudryk, a winger for Shakhtar Donetsk, was linked with a transfer to North London toward the end of this summer’s transfer window after establishing himself with 10 assists and two goals for Shakhtar last season.

Arsenal is reportedly still interested in the winger and could make an approach for him in January, but such a move never materialized.

The 21-year-old admitted to CBS Sports that he wouldn’t be able to pass up the opportunity to join the English team, but he will continue to concentrate on his current club until January.

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“I do dream (of the Premier League). I think every guy dreams about the Premier League,” he said.

“Arsenal is a very good team with a very good coach. I like the way they play. Yes it would be hard to say no from my side, I can’t say no but the transfer is not only my decision and my word.

“In winter we will see. There was a lot of discussion about the transfer and the collapse (of the deal) and who wants me but it’s normal now. I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team.

“I love this team and I love every guy in this team. Shakhtar for me it is now my home but for me it is very important that all my thoughts are about Shakhtar but in the winter (window) we will see.”

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As for his nickname, he’d rather be compared to Croatian midfielder Luka Modric.

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“It’s not Ukrainian Neymar, it’s the Ukrainian Modric – this sounds better. Modric is a top player and one of the best players of all time,” he added.

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EPL: He’s not happy at Man United – Erik ten Hag opens up on Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is not happy at Old Trafford.

According to him, the Portugal international is ‘p****d off’ at being left on the bench against Manchester City at the weekend and is unhappy with his playing time under the Dutch coach.

Ronaldo was kept on the bench for the entire duration of their 6-3 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday.

Ronaldo has started just one Premier League match so far this season, which was the 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

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“I can’t see that relation, that he is not coming on when we are 4-0 down, I did not bring him on out of respect,” Ten Hag told the press ahead of Thursday’s Europa League fixture.

“It has nothing to do with the future or January. I don’t see him as unhappy. He is happy, training well and enjoying.

“He’s not happy that he didn’t play Sunday, don’t get me wrong, but the question was about his mood in training, where he’s happy.

“Of course, he wants to play and he’s p***** off when he’s not playing.”

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UCL: Michael Owen names player who helped Liverpool beat Rangers

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Former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, has identified midfielder, Jordan Henderson as the player who helped the Reds defeat Rangers in Tuesday’s Champions League tie.

Owen hailed Henderson as the ‘key’ player during Liverpool’s clash with Rangers, adding that he was protecting right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold during the encounter at Anfield.

Recall that Alexander-Arnold’s name has hardly been out of the headlines in recent weeks as the defender’s place in England’s 2022 FIFA World Cup picture looks in doubt.

But the 23-year-old put that all to one side to open the scoring for Liverpool in their 2-0 victory against the Scottish giants. Mohammed Salah also scored a penalty.

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“I thought Jordan Henderson was key today,” Owen told BT Sport after the game.

“You saw the shape he was playing in the first half, he was filling in for him every time he went forward. To have that insurance behind you when you’re going forward must be a great thing.

“He gets in forward positions and that means there’s a gap there, but when someone’s plugging it, it means he doesn’t have to worry about what’s behind him and that is key. If he’s got Jordan Henderson in the team, I think we will see a different player,” he added.

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EPL: Thierry Henry reveals when Arsenal can be called title contenders this season

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Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has said the team can be considered title contenders if they are still up there by January.

Mikel Arteta’s men currently lead the way with 21 points after their opening eight fixtures.

When asked if he believes Arsenal are back, Henry told CBS Sports: “What is it – eight games in the league? Back to competing, I would say.

“What is nice to see is a team that can compete.

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Former Arsenal captain, Thierry Henry, has said the team can be considered title contenders if they are still up there by January.

Mikel Arteta’s men currently lead the way with 21 points after their opening eight fixtures.

When asked if he believes Arsenal are back, Henry told CBS Sports: “What is it – eight games in the league? Back to competing, I would say.

“What is nice to see is a team that can compete.

“Competing and for me, I always say it’s not because it’s Arsenal or any different team, when you pass Boxing Day and Christmas, it’s going to be different because you have the World Cup, but when you pass January and you’re still up there, competing for the title, then you’re a title contender.”

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