Former Arsenal star, Ian Wright has refused to blame Mykhailo Mudryk for snubbing the Gunners to join Chelsea this January transfer window.
According to Merson, the Ukrainian star had a lot more going on around him personally and in his life.
He added that Mudryk signed for Chelsea because of the money and shouldn’t be blamed.
Recall that Chelsea beat Arsenal in the race to sign Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mudryk had been linked with moves to Arsenal but their reluctance to meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking price gave their rivals Chelsea an opportunity to hijack the deal.
Merson told the Arsecast podcast: “With Mudryk, I was very excited about that. With the money, it started to get into the realm where it could knock us off our axes in terms of what we are trying to do.
“He looks like the kind of guy that would fit into our group. I was a bit disappointed but not disappointed that Arsenal went, ‘that is fine’.
“He has gone there for the money, I am not going to blame him because he is someone who has had a lot more going on around him personally and in his life.”