Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'
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Arsenal director Edu tried to secure the services of Tammy Abraham before the former Chelsea man decided to join Roma on a five-year deal, according to reports. The Gunners were strongly linked with a move for Abraham, who had been deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
He finished last season as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer despite being ostracised by Thomas Tuchel upon the German manager’s arrival in January.
Arsenal were widely tipped to land the 23-year-old in order to bolster their attacking options, with Alexandre Lacazette out of contract at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has struggled to live up to expectations in recent months and Eddie Nketiah looks to be set for the exit door in the near future.
However, Abraham was eventually tempted by a move to Roma to link up with Jose Mourinho at the Stadio Olimpico.
Arsenal ultimately missed out on the England man because they were unable to offload one of their existing strikers, while the player himself was keen to work under Mourinho’s guidance, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
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“Many clubs in England were asking for him, but Arsenal were really pushing to have Tammy Abraham,” Romano told The Here We Go Podcast.
“They were trying to convince the player and to take his time before joining Roma because they were looking to sell maybe Lacazette or maybe Eddie Nketiah to have a free slot for a new striker with Tammy Abraham.
“They were really interested, in talks with the agent, but they were prepared to make a proposal. But they were needing to sell a striker before signing Tammy Abraham.
“They were really, really pushing and pushing, they were trying in every possible way.
“So, Arsenal were really convinced that they had a chance to sign Tammy Abraham but in football it is not easy to change the mind of the players.
“My personal feeling is without Jose Mourinho as Roma manager, Tammy Abraham would now be an Arsenal player.”
Abraham has turned plenty of heads with a string of impressive performances for Roma this season, leaving Arsenal to reflect on their missed opportunity to bring him to north London.
He has already chipped in with three goal contributions in Serie A, with his dribbling ability and hold-up play standing out for the Italian heavyweights.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are yet to score a single goal in the Premier League this season and sit rock bottom of the table on goal difference.
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They will take on newly-promoted Norwich City on Saturday in a huge clash that could have significant implications on Mikel Arteta’s immediate future at the Emirates Stadium.
Former England midfielder Joe Cole recently suggested that Arteta could be sacked if Arsenal are unable to take all three points from the Canaries in their next outing.
“He is hardening as a manager, you can see that in him,” Cole told Coral earlier this week.
“So, I think he’s got that. He’s obviously a well-schooled coach because of his work with Pep [Guardiola]. He’s a thoughtful guy.
“He’s in the storm at the moment. He has to find a result against Norwich and if he doesn’t beat Norwich, I think it’s probably the end for him.”
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