Arsenal fans feared the worst for their Premier League title pursuit when Chelsea pipped them to the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.

The Gunners were leading the chase to sign the 22-year-ond January only for their London rivals to snatch him from Shakhtar Donestk in a deal worth £88million.

It led the Premier League table-toppers to bring in Leandro Trossard from Brighton for £27m, with the Belgian quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Emirates.


Leandro Trossard has impressed for Arsenal since joining from Brighton in January[/caption]


The same can’t be said for Mudryk who has struggled since signing for Chelsea[/caption]

The 28-year-old has already forced his way into the starting XI after impressing under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta.

Whereas Mudryk, who is the top-flight’s fastest player this season, is yet to hit the heights expected of him in west London.

And it appears Arsenal got the better deal, saving the club over £60m.

Trossard has made seven appearances, including three starts for the Gunners while Mudryk has featured five times, with two from the start.

It is Trossard who has had the greater impact for his new side, having already chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Trossard has been more influential than Mudryk since their January transfers

He opened his account for Arsenal in the 1-1 draw against Brentford on February 11, before having a second goal controversially ruled out in Saturday’s 1-0 win away at Leicester.

Mudryk is yet provide a goal contribution for the Blues in the Premier League, while also drawing a blank in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.

Trossard has registered seven shots on goal, with two going on target, with Mudryk failing to hit the target from any of his three attempts.

And Mudryk is yet to carve out a single chance for his Chelsea teammates, while Trossard has presented five goalscoring opportunities to the Arsenal squad – including Gabriel Martinelli’s winner against the Foxes and Martin Odegaard’s goal against Everton.


Trossard has chipped in with a goal and two assists from his seven Premier League outings[/caption]


Mudryk is yet have a shot on target while also failing to create a chance[/caption]

Mudryk bout to go 007 soon😭😭

— Nz (@Nz_ftbl) February 26, 2023

They are stats that have seen Gooners excitedly talk up the prospect on Twitter of seeing Mudryk become ‘007’ – zero goals, zero assists in seven games.

And Trossard also blows him out of the water in terms of touches with 190 compared to 113.

Mudryk has lost the ball 38 times compared to Trossard’s 50, but the Belgian has played two more games.

Plus, Mudryk has been dispossessed 34 per cent of the time from being in control of the ball, compared to the 26 per cent lost by Trossard.

Mudryk arrived to England with a reputation of being a fearsome dribbler, but the stats haven’t backed that up.

He has completed just two of his dribbles, with Trossard recording quadruple his figure [eight].

Yet another stat Trossard beats Mudryk in is his passing accuracy, with his 83.3 per cent higher than the latter’s 79 per cent.

Chelsea fans had hoped Mudryk’s signing would increase their attacking threat as they struggle to convert chances this term.

Trossard has started the last three top-flight matches for the Gunners

But his expected goals (xG) is just 0.43 compared to Trossard’s 1.11.

Of course the form of Arsenal and Chelsea need to be taken into account, with Graham Potter’s side tenth in the table.

Chelsea have won just one out of their 11 games in all competitions in 2023, with the club a whopping 29 points behind Arsenal.

Mudryk is just one of a number of Chelsea players that have failed to impress this term following owner Todd Boehly’s scattergun approach in the transfer market.

A team in transition, the Chelsea squad have hardly had any time to gel with the American billionaire investing around £600m on 17 new players while getting to grips with Potter’s style of play.

Trossard meanwhile has hit the ground running having come into a settled team high on confidence, with all of the squad fully understanding Arteta’s approach to matches.

But with how quickly he has slotted seamlessly into the side, Arteta – and Arsenal fans – will be breathing a sigh of relief they brought him instead of Mudryk in what would have been a club-record move.

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