Arsenal may already know their first January signing to fulfil Mikel Arteta transfer wish

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“Modric is a top player, he is one of the best players of all time.” Mudryk, who scored in Shakhtar’s Champions League win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday, has won five caps for Ukraine.

He has played alongside Arsenal star Oleksandr Zinchenko in four of those matches. Gunners boss Arteta outlined his desire to recruit in attacking areas following Pepe’s departure last month.

The Spaniard said: “If we can implement the plan that we have, we will try to do that. In the plan, that [Pepe’s loan move] was something that could happen – now it’s a reality and we’ve been preparing the last two months in order to achieve what we want.

“Whether that’s possible or not, we will see.” Arteta wasn’t able to carry out that plan in the summer but Mudryk could provide an opportunity in January.

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