What Merson said about Arsenal target Tammy Abraham
Arsenal have been linked with yet another Premier League star this summer, with The Telegraph reporting that the Gunners are keen on Tammy Abraham.
It was claimed that Chelsea are keen to cash in on Abraham in this window. The Blues are reportedly looking for a fee of £40 million.
And that has seemingly alerted Arsenal. As noted by The Telegraph, Arsenal are open to offers for Alexandre Lacazette.
Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah has reportedly not accepted a contract offer from the Gunners. Both players see their current deals expire next summer.
Abraham has enjoyed some success in the top flight. He was outstanding when he got his chance with Chelsea.
He scored 15 Premier League goals in his first full campaign in the first-team. That came after he had previously scored 26 times while on loan at Aston Villa.
He fell out of favour following the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
Many were perplexed by Tuchel’s reluctance to use Abraham. But perhaps the decision may have come as less of a surprise to Paul Merson.
The former Arsenal man made an interesting claim about Abraham back in April as he suggested Sergio Aguero would be a good signing for Chelsea.
He told Sky Sports: “I like Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, they are good players, but are they going to win you the Premier League? No, and I say that because they are not going to be in the top five or six goal scorers in the league.”
“You look at Chelsea now and Mason Mount and Abraham have got six goals and are their joint-top scorers in the league, so that is why Chelsea are where they are.”
Merson comments highlight that Abraham would have point to prove if he makes Arsenal move
Obviously, Arsenal are not one of the sides currently considered to be in title contention. So there is still every chance that he could prove to be a good signing.
However, it is a pretty significant outlay. He scored six goals in 22 league games last season.
It could perhaps therefore, be deemed to be a gamble from the Gunners.
Abraham is young enough to improve significantly. He only turns 24 in October.
But Merson’s comments do highlight that he would arrive with a point to prove if he did join Arsenal – particularly after going off the radar under Tuchel.