While Arsenal and Chelsea would never claim to be anything like friends, the clubs have enjoyed some cordial transfers over the years. In recent years, though, moves from club to club have become increasingly common. Even the likes of Petr Cech, a proper Chelsea icon, was a regular for Arsenal for several years after arriving. From the bitter days of the William Gallas-Ashley Cole deal to far more amicable transfers today, both clubs have no problem doing business with one another when it makes sense for all involved.
This looks to be the case this summer, as Tammy Abraham looks set to depart. The academy striker was a regular under Frank Lampard, but was not suited to the highest level. Replaced by German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Abraham has found himself on the fringes of the team and was barely involved after Lampard was sacked. New coach Thomas Tuchel has offered precious few opportunities to a striker who simply does not fit the style needed.
A more classic fox in the box forward, Abraham has often struggled with being a more line-leading striker. Mediocre build-up play and big-game misses, too, as well as an inability to make the ball stick has left Chelsea with a decision to make. And that decision appears to be making a concession to sell Abraham to Arsenal.
With the Gunners set to lose several big earners this year, it is expected that Abraham will move from West to North London, teaming up with Mikel Arteta in a new-look Arsenal attack. Young enough to still build a strong international career, Abraham is expected to agree terms with Arsenal in the near future as the deal begins to move at an impressive pace.
Should Chelsea move on from Tammy Abraham?
Naturally, Chelsea fans have a soft spot for an academy player who has made it good with the first team. However, the cruel reality is that Abraham lacks the quality needed to play at the elite level. With funds needed to sign an S-tier forward, such as long-rumoured target Erling Haaland, it is expected that Chelsea will look to cash in on Abraham to make the funds possible for a big name striker.
Though fans would likely prefer to give Abraham a chance, he has done precious little for Tuchel so far. The German is known as a coach who gives players an opportunity when they are deserving, so the paucity of chances for Abraham when so many others were given game time does not bode well for his suitability to the Chelsea way of playing.
Regarded as a player with potential still, Abraham is a player who is approaching his peak years and needs to find a home that guarantees him regular games. Many players have found it hard to break in at Chelsea, or under Tuchel at other clubs, so this should be of little surprise for the most part.
However, despite being an example of the new Chelsea academy approach, Abraham has just not been able to settle into the first-team as hoped.