Chelsea may be forced to sell before they can buy this summer, and former Blues William Gallas and Emmanuel Petit believe Arsenal can take advantage by moving for Mykhailo Mudryk.

Mudryk appeared to favour Arsenal over Chelsea as he looked to leave Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2023, but the Blues outbid their rivals to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

The Ukrainian winger has blown hot and cold in West London, with competition for places keeping him from enjoying a sustained run in the side. Arsenal moved for Leandro Trossard after missing out on Mudryk, and have begun to reap the benefits, though the Belgian is himself not an automatic starter.

Questions have been asked about Chelsea’s need to sell players this summer to fit in with profit and sustainability rules. While Mudryk isn’t necessarily for sale after Chelsea spent a lot to bring him to the club, Gallas shares Petit’s belief that the winger would be a good fit for Mikel Arteta’s team.

“I know that Emmanuel Petit spoke about Mykhailo Mudryk potentially joining Arsenal, as Arteta likes him,” Gallas told Gambling Zone. “Mudryk could be a good fit, with his speed and quality and that’s why Arteta likes him.

“Before he signed for Chelsea, Arsenal nearly signed him but he changed his mind and you cannot forget that. I said before that Arsenal will win the title next year, not this year, and if they sign Mudryk that could help them.”

Earlier in the year, Petit told Wettfreunde he felt Mudryk would have had a better environment to succeed had he joined Arsenal.

“There are also no guarantees that he would have prevailed at Arsenal. But clearly, the chances would have been greater because the squad there is better structured and there is significantly more stability,” he said.

Mudryk, who could end up costing Chelsea more than £80m if all clauses in his deal are met, failed to score in his first half-season with the club. There have been bright sparks this season, with a goal or assist for every 142 minutes on the pitch, but he has been outshone by summer arrival Cole Palmer.

The Ukrainian has found the net six times, including in a victory over Newcastle United before the international break.