Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up
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Former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell has launched a thinly-veiled dig at technical director Edu after he decided against signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea during the summer transfer window. Abraham was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners before eventually joining Roma on a permanent basis.
The 23-year-old has gone on to impress under Jose Mourinho’s guidance in Serie A, registering three goal contributions from his first two appearances with the club.
Abraham’s hold-up play at Roma has earned plenty of praise, while he also looks to have retained his shooting boots after finishing last season as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are yet to score in the Premier League this season as a result of Edu’s failure to sign a prolific striker this summer..
The Gunners splashed over £150million on six new players but opted against landing a new forward in a decision that Campbell has identified as an error of judgment.
The 51-year-old told Football Insider that he was left puzzled by Arsenal’s reluctance to bolster their ranks in attack, suggesting that Abraham would have been the perfect signing to help the club mount a renewed assault on the Premier League’s upper reaches.
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“Honestly, do not get me started! It looks to me like he has been freed [at Roma],” said Campbell.
“He has had the restrainers off. Boy, is he a handful. He would be in any league.
“I truly believe Arsenal missed a trick because we still do not have anyone up the top end of the pitch who is a physical presence. Abraham causes teams a problem just by being there.
“It is a big trick missed. I cannot believe we didn’t go for it. Abraham does not get the credit he deserves.
“He is a damn good player. I have been watching him since he was in the youth teams. I could tell back then that he was going to be some player.”
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal will look to sign a new striker when the January transfer window rolls around if their on-pitch fortunes do not improve.
Edu recently defended the club’s decision to avoid landing a new forward, with the 43-year-old suggesting that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are capable of scoring 40 goals between them each season.
“The case here is we really believe in the players we have in the squad,” the Arsenal chief told Sky Sports.
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“Maybe other people don’t but we do. If we start to see the squad together, we believe in the squad.
“I sit with Mikel [Arteta] and we see the squad. We have a striker [Aubameyang] there who delivers to us 25 goals every single season.
“We have another one [Lacazette] who delivers 15-20 goals every season.”
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