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

Arsenal may already have their first January signing in their sights. The Gunners failed to implement Mikel Arteta’s plan to sign a winger late in the summer window but could correct that mid-season.

The departure of Nicolas Pepe on a season-long loan to Nice was expected to trigger Arsenal into action.

However, injuries to Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey turned the club’s attention to signing a midfielder.

Arsenal ended up signing nobody in the final days of the window. But they could reignite interest in Mykhaylo Mudryk in a few months’ time.

Shakhtar Donetsk star Mudryk was a reported target for the north London club. And, speaking to CBS Sports, he had admitted he would be open to discussing a potential January transfer.

He said: “Yes [I do dream of the Premier League]. I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.

“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.