TCC View: Abraham must be wary of Arsenal's £192k-a-week error before leaving Chelsea

Tammy Abraham should consider those Chelsea stars who have crossed the London divide to join Arsenal before potentially moving there himself.

It was reported yesterday by the Telegraph that the Blues are looking to locate a buyer for Abraham, who they value at £40m.

This has seemingly tweaked the interest of Arsenal. However, they will need to ship off a few bodies before committing to Chelsea’s asking price.

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There are no shortage of potential suitors for the young striker. It all comes down to who can afford him.

A move to the Emirates might be tempting for Abraham, considering he supported the Gunners as a youngster.

“To be honest I was an Arsenal fan,” said the 23-year-old during an interview with the Bristol Post back in 2017.

“It’s hard in this day and time to watch too many strikers with lots of matches and training, but someone I looked up to was Thierry Henry,” he continued.

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Willian woes

But before Abraham starts dreaming of living out his childhood Arsenal obsession, he should look at the last player to switch capital city allegiances.

Willian joined Mikel Arteta’s side last summer after seven years of fine service with Chelsea.

He moved as a free agent, yet was placed on a whopping salary of £192,308-per-week (Spotrac).

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As it turned out, it was money not well spent in the slightest.

In 37 appearances for Arsenal, he scored just one goal.

The 32-year-old couldn’t tie down a regular starting role; he failed to feature in any of the Gunner’s last three Premier League games.

There was even a suggestion from Sky Sports in May that Willian wanted to return to Chelsea.

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David Luiz did the same in the previous season, with similar, if slightly less, underwhelming results.

Let this be a warning to Abraham.

Although the opportunity might seem appealing, just remember how quickly things can turn after leaving Chelsea for a rival.

Also, remind yourself how many Champions League winners medals you have compared to Arsenal…

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.