Lasers pointed at Mykhailo Mudryk’s face as Chelsea star is booed by Arsenal fans after transfer saga
Lasers were pointed at the face of Chelsea star Mykhailo Mudryk, who was booed by Arsenal fans on Tuesday night.
The Gunners made light work of their London rivals at the Emirates to return to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win.
The game lasted over 34 minutes, in truth, with Arsenal scoring three times thanks to Martin Odegaard’s brace and Gabriel Jesus’ poacher’s finish.
Noni Madueke salvaged one in the second half but it was too little too late as Frank Lampard tasted defeat for the sixth consecutive time since joining Chelsea.
He did, however, introduce Mudryk in the second half, after a lackluster performance from Raheem Sterling and the winger was met with boos from the Emirates crowd.
The Ukraine international was heavily linked with Arsenal during the January transfer window but signed for Chelsea instead.
And lasers were blasted into his face repeatedly, he picked up the ball on the flank and led the Gunners defence.
Mudryk brought some much-needed rhythm to Chelsea’s attack and the visitors certainly looked a bit better after an embarrassing first half.
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The winger was also greeted with chants of ‘you should have signed for Arsenal’ after missing out in January.
Mikel Arteta was desperate to sign the 22-year-old earlier in the campaign but Shakhtar demanded a hefty fee.
In the end, Chelsea went with a £62m offer, with £26.5m in add-ons, clinching the Ukrainian ahead of their London rivals.
However, Mudryk had a difficult start to life in England and registered just two assists in 14 appearances for the Blues.
Defeat makes it eight in a row in all competitions for Chelsea, and six in a row since Lampard took over.
That leaves them 12th in the Premier League and nine points above the relegation zone – while Thomas Tuchel’s ten points he earned before getting the chop now look like they could save Chelsea’s season.
Lampard’s men next face Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest in what must be interpreted as games to win or risk falling further down the table.
And with Manchester City, Newcastle and Manchester United to play, it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will earn another point this season.
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