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Champions League goalscorer vs Celtic tipped to ‘force £30m Arsenal transfer’

Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk showed his class against Celtic as he fired Shakhtar Donetsk level in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mudryk was the standout performer of the clash as the Ukrainian continued to go from strength to strength for Shakhtar. And the youngster used his pace to shake off the full-back and latch onto the through ball.

It was a formality from there for Mudryk, who picked the ball up one-on-one with Joe Hart as he smashed it past the former England No1 to fire the Ukrainian's level. But Shakhtar might not be able to hold onto him for much longer with the Gunners leading the charge.

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Ahead of the clash, Mudryk told CBS: “Every guy dreams about the Premier League. It's a top league – but speculation has passed, I focus on Shakhtar so in winter we will see what will happen."

He added: "There was a lot of discussions about a transfer and clubs who want me."

Asked specifically about Arsenal previously, he also said: "Yes, yes. It’s hard to say but Arsenal is a very good team. Very good coach, I like the way they play."

According to various reports, Arsenal could be ready to part ways with £30million for the star. The Ukrainian was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer, but a move never materialised before the transfer deadline.

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Mudryk's strike was the final goal of the game – as Shakhtar held firm in a 1-1 draw with the Scottish champions.

Shakhtar moved to the top of the group after the full-time whistle, but they could be leapfrogged by Real Madrid, who face RB Leipzig in the evening kick-off.

Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell told The Highbury Corner on Mudryk: "I like him. I’ve seen a few games of his. Not a lot. But whenever I’ve seen him, he’s looked lively, he’s looked good. Young lad, very gifted.

"I truly believe he is the right profile for Arsenal. He seems to have a great attitude. Again, I think he likes the Arsenal. Obviously, his (international) captain’s at Arsenal.

"So he’s probably ringing Zinny and saying ‘speak to the manager, get me over there’. He’s doing pretty well for himself at Shakhtar. He’s looking the part.

"Now he’s been linked to Arsenal, everybody’s watching him. I’d like Arsenal to have all the weapons. So no matter what, we could chop and change, and we’re still strong."

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