Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Tammy Abraham over the last few weeks, but he joined AS Roma and made his debut for them yesterday.
It was very clear that Abraham was not a part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea. Romelu Lukaku’s arrival crushed any hope he had of changing that situation, and he became a very hot property on the transfer market.
Arsenal were arguably the most linked club, while West Ham United and Aston Villa were also reportedly keen. However, Roma quickly joined the race and beat every other club for his signature in a £34million deal last week. (BBC)
Tammy Abraham picks up two assists on Roma debut
Jose Mourinho handed Abraham his first Serie A start against Fiorentina yesterday. The Englishman was supported by ex-Gunner Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who started on the left flank and picked up a goal himself.
Abraham assisted the Armenian and also Jordan Veretout to give Roma an impressive win. Two assists on debut is a phenomenal feat for any player, but the former Chelsea man could’ve easily done more considering that he hit the woodwork once as well.
Apart from that, in his 69 minutes on the pitch, Abraham completed 100 per cent of his passes. He won four out of his six ground duels as well to cap off what was truly a fantastic debut display for the Giallorossi. (SofaScore)
Arsenal snubbed Abraham
Before Abraham completed his move to Roma, he had his heart set on Arsenal. The Athletic revealed last week that he had even told his Chelsea teammates that he wanted to join the Gunners, which should’ve alerted Edu.
All Arsenal had to do was place an acceptable bid after making initial enquiries. Abraham would’ve been a Gunner if that was done, but Edu and Arteta decided to ignore that opportunity, and Roma jumped ahead and signed him.
After just two Premier League games, it looks like a big mistake on Arsenal’s part. We’re yet to score a goal in the Premier League, while the chances we’ve created haven’t really been clear-cut either. Abraham could’ve easily solved those issues, and our decision to not sign him is already looking silly.