This is one Chelsea outcast that Arsenal should be snapping up

Arsenal should consider replacing Alexander Lacazette with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.

Since Thomas Tuchel took over at the Stamford Bridge in January, the 23-year-old has hardly been a regular fixture in the first team.

More recently, he was excluded from the 20-man squad that lost to Leicester City in the FA Cup Final last Saturday.

The exclusion from the matchday squad against the Foxes looks likely to be the final nail on the coffin of the player’s career at West London.

According to reports, West Ham United and Aston Villa are interested in acquiring the services of the Chelsea man. But there is no justification for why Arsenal should not keep an eye on the England international.

At 23 years of age, he has the correct age profile Arsenal should be looking at the market for.

Despite his age, he has already played 82 games for Chelsea, scoring an impressive 30 goals and assisting 12. The London born center-forward also had successful loan spells at Aston Villa, Swansea City and Bristol City.

There are few players of his age who have more experience in playing in England. And that will be definitely appealing to the interested suitors. His experience does not just stop at club level.

The Englishman has even made six appearances for his national team, scoring once.

With Alexander Lacazette turning 30 at the end of the month, extending the former Lyon man’s contract does not look like a logical decision.

Arsenal are believed to be open to the idea of offloading Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to free up some cash in their reported ‘summer overhaul.’

If the duo do end up leaving, settling for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli as the options for the center-forward role looks short-sighted.

Abraham can fill that role perfectly. The numbers of Lacazette and Abraham, give us a broader image.

Abraham’s expected goals (xG) per 90 this season has been 0.56. While Lacazette’s xG has been 0.46. That’s pretty impressive for the Englishman, especially when he has been in and out of the Chelsea team this season.

Abraham also takes more shots per 90 than his counterpart. While the Chelsea man’s number stands at 2.76, Lacazette’s number is 2.03. With a team who is placed at 12th in terms of shots, Arsenal can only do better with players who are not afraid to shoot (sshhhh! Nobody talk about Thomas Partey!).

The 23-year-old also boasts greater aerial presence than the Frenchman. Abraham’s percentage of aerial duels won is 58.2%, while Lacazette is way behind at 33.

While looking at the non-penalty figures, the England international has a superior figure than Lacazette again. In the last 365 days, the Chelsea forward has scored 0.55 non-penalty goals compared to Lacazette’s 0.47.

However, it is worth pointing out and obvious that there are other aspects at which the Frenchman is clearly better than his opposite number. But there is no denying the fact that Abraham has more room for development at the age of 23 than Lacazette.

If Arsenal want a successful rebuild, they have to ask themselves difficult questions. The answers to those arduous questions should then be implemented in the transfer window.

David Luiz leaving is a good sign. Willian’s reported imminent departure is even better.

But the task at their hands is huge and they must carry on. Because the standards of the club has dropped massively, since they last lifted the Premier League title in 2004.

Yash Bisht

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19 Comments

  1. Sean Williams says:

    All these ordinary players you want us to sign. If we sign ordinary players we will stay ordinary. We have enough mediocre players of our own now, and we don’t need to sign even more.

    mediocrity + mediocrity = double mediocrity

    We just don’t need Tammy Abraham, or Sander Berge, we need players of the highest quality. We are mediocre enough thank you.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      we get Balogun to extend his contract and sign Abraham???

      why not get Werner too….hes world class finisher

      top scorer this season

  2. Qutie says:

    😡 Must we always buy a Chelsea cast off? We have done this kind of business severally, none has paid off; Gallas, Cech, Luiz, Willian etc.
    If Abraham is not good enough for them, why is he good for us?
    All the stats given above, similar stats were given last summer when we wanted to get Willian; telling us how Willian is better than all our midfielders and attackers. What did we get?
    Let’s get out players elsewhere please

    1. Jonny says:

      ‘If Abraham is not good enough for them, why is he good enough for us?’ Uh because chelsea are on a different level to us. We are mid table and they are in the champions league final. The delusion among some of our fans is astonishing. This isn’t 2002. Chelsea are a much better side with a really bright future and we won’t be competing with them any time soon!

      1. siamois says:

        😄

      2. Qutie says:

        Oh!! Tells it all why our lazy inconsistent Aubameyang has more goals than any of Chelsea’s strikers. We need someone better and stop having a mediocre thinking. This club deserve to compete at the top.

  3. Gunner4life says:

    Tammy can do a job, he is faster and hungry. We have no aerial strength in the squad. Only thing is MA is not the man to manage him or Arsenal.
    Berge and Andersen guarantee the downfall of Arsenal. Where are the old scouts. Surely Bissouma is better than them.

  4. Qutie says:

    Let all these deadwoods go
    Subs
    Lava
    Chaka
    Luiz
    Willian
    Nketia
    Nelson( does he needs 10yrs to prove himself)
    Bellerin ( I dislike him passionately)
    Chambers
    Leno( if he wants to leave)

    Build the team around Party and the youngsters. Recruit massively
    Bissouma
    Buendia
    LB (Cover for Tierney)
    New RB
    An experienced CB not more than 27-28 years
    New GK
    A Tall energetic Striker ( That Genk striker should do: Just less than £18 million)

  5. RFrancis says:

    I’m in total agreement Yash, provided the price is right. He has great up-side potential. I would even consider pairing him Balogun – and trading both Laca and Auba. The striker market will be very active this season and we could generate much needed cash from our two aging strikers.

    1. Yash Bisht says:

      That would be unlikely but if Arsenal do receive a good offer for both, it should definitely be looked at!

  6. JW says:

    There is a reason why Tuchel does not play Tammy Abraham. He does not chase or close down defenders.
    He tends to wait for the ball to come to him
    He does not make space for other attackers by moving around. Watch the difference between him and Olivier Giroud. I suspect his summer job is as a tailor’s dummy.
    He would not fit Arteta’s system

    1. ahmad73 says:

      And what precisely is Farteta’s system?

      1. hans andersson says:

        Farteta? You B*****! I wish I had found that out. Brilliant! I’m jealous.

  7. The-Real-Vieira-Lynn-4ever says:

    “Every player that is under contract is very likely to be here with us next season.” Let this quote from Arteta sink in for a minute…should we really give this manager another window???

    1. Loose Cannon says:

      maybe they all want to “honor the contract” or maybe compensated in the manner Mr. Mesut Ozil was compensated.
      Why do we always collect trash from the blue side of London? None have clicked- Eddie, Chek, Willian, Luiz, Gallas and so on. We give them our better assets for non performing assets.
      If Arteta does not list this team on the transfer list, then he should be sacked. If this team took us so low, what guarantee will be next season to finish better than this season? We cannot rely on ESR and Saka always, we need the other players to assist too and they cannot or will not.

      1. guy says:

        Agree LC – I think Arteta would like to say “half of this team is rubbish and I’m selling them” but the fact is you can’t just state that on national media for several reasons. Most of them are overpaid and nobody would buy them. To pay them all off would cripple us financially and we couldnt afford replacements.
        I disagree the blues players havent all been flops – they plugged holes and served a short term purpose, but we shouldnt be thinking that way, it shows no ambition.
        Abraham is an ordinary player and lazy. He won’t succeed here and wont improve. Id rather we went for less fashionable but harder working strikers who would WANT to come – players in the vein of Ings.
        But better still give a season to GM and Ballogun.

    2. Yash Bisht says:

      It’s just a tactic. If you go about saying that one of your most important players is for sale, theur market value will obviously drop.

  8. Sean Williams says:

    Trusting our ‘eyes’ tells us Arsenal play atrocious football……who is the coach of that football….Arteta?! Painful, boring, uncreative, micro managed, tethered, with no ‘dance’. The blind leading the blind, conning the supporters. We often play park the bus football, sideways, backward, play the ball out from the back, but mistake ridden, nervous football, and some gullible supporters say Arteta is the man. What a screw up. More stagnation over another year, probably poor signings….who would want to come to Arsenal under the present structure if they were ambitious? It’s a mess. New manager please before we give more contracts the the Chelsea Pensioners.

  9. hans andersson says:

    Arsenal have become “Yesterday’s Chelsea”. And yesterday is gone.

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