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Mikel Arteta speaks out on Mykhailo Mudryk being targeted as Arsenal fan is arrested

Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal will take action against the supporter who targeted Mykhailo Mudryk with a laser pointer during the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Tuesday evening. Gunners captain Martin Odegaard scored twice and Gabriel Jesus made it 3-0 before half-time in what was a poor performance from Frank Lampard ’s side. Noni Madueke registered his first goal for the Blues since his £29m move from PSV in January in the second half but it was not enough as Arsenal ended their four-game run without a victory. The result means Arsenal are now two points clear of second-placed Manchester City with four matches left to play, although Pep Guardiola ’s team have two games in hand.

Mudryk appeared to be on the verge of joining Arsenal in the January transfer window before Chelsea moved in to complete a £88.5 million deal with Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudryk came off the bench with 19 minutes remaining as Chelsea looked for a way back into the game at the Emirates Stadium and the Ukraine international was booed by Arsenal supporters during this time on the pitch. But the winger also had a bright green laser aimed at his face by someone in the crowd during the second half.

When asked about the incident, Arteta said: ‘If something happened obviously we will review what happened in the match and take action.’ Arsenal have since confirmed that a supporter has been arrested over the incident, while the club labelled the actions towards Mudryk as ‘dangerous and totally unacceptable’.


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