Chelsea winger Mykhailo Mudryk has claimed his goal in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal was somewhat intentional.
Mudryk, who was expected to join Arsenal before his bombshell switch to Stamford Bridge in January, dismissed David Raya with what appeared to be a free kick shortly after half-time, prompting debate over whether he was actually trying to score.
According to Mudryk himself, his attempt was somewhere between a cross and a shot.
“Before the game, our goalkeeper coach told me to watch my goalkeeper because sometimes he’s trying to read things and he can just lose the goal, so I can lose him,” he told the media after the game.
“So it was something I knew and I kept it in my head. I went somewhere between the cross and the shot and it was a good decision.”
Mudryk’s goal was memorable / JUSTIN TALLIS/GettyImages
The goal was Mudryk’s first in the Premier League and continued an impressive run of form from the Ukraine international, who has struggled in England following a costly switch from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Nevertheless, Mudryk remains a popular figure among Chelsea fans who have been impressed by his determination and resilience, so his goal was special.
“It was amazing to share this moment with our fans, and especially against Arsenal,” Mudryk continued. “It was a special moment, I really appreciate their support.
“It means a lot to me to score at Stamford Bridge, especially because I can share this moment with them. It’s special. I liked this moment and I want to have these moments more and more.”
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