Omari Hutchinson was one of the players Arsenal fans were quite to watch next season. The young attacker has been at the club for 7 years, there was a lot of hype around him, he found the bench a lot towards the end of last season, we were hoping he’d be the next Bukayo or Emile.
Well, he’s packed his bags for West London, signing for Chelsea.
Firstly, let’s just say this: The byproduct of an elite youth system is that not all of the kids can make it / will even want to try. It is a compliment that we now have a system good enough to have other big clubs sniffing around it. This is probably the first big ‘oh shit’ moment we’ve had. Edu and Arteta have been really good at tying most of our gems down to deals. Shit happens.
Secondly, it is perfectly fine to look at this situation with WTF tinted Raybans.
Chelsea had a real crack with young players under Frank Lampard. Why? Because they had a transfer ban and used that period to try something different. It worked. The players that came through won the Champions League in yr 1 of Tuchel.
What has happened since then?
Last season, Thomas Tuchel shipped out Tammy Abraham to Roma for £37m, and signed Lukaku for £90m
Connor Gallagher spent the season at Palace.
Livramento and Broja spent the season at Southampton.
Levi Colwill wants out after a good loan at Huddersfield.
Fikayo Tomori was sold to Milan and won the title.
C-HO hasn’t developed at all.
I don’t even know what’s going on with Billy Gilmour.
Chelsea is trying to re-sign Nathan Ake who they bombed off the Bournemouth
Thomas Tuchel, for all the rockstar adulation, had quite a poor year, and talent ID was at the core of it.
Historically, always remember this: Chelsea binned Salah, KDB, and young Lukaku.
Now look at their transfer policy under Todd Boehly. They’ve just lost Christensen and Tony Rudiger… and they’ve spent £37m on a 31-year-old in Koubilaly.
Policy-wise, they’ve spent £50m on Sterling and tried to spend another £60m on Raphinha. Todd B tried to convince Tuchel on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Why raise this you say?
Well, how the hell do you sell that sort of project to Omari Hutchinson unless money is the driver?
If the player wanted minutes and didn’t believe in his ability to break at Arsenal, surely, surely, surely you’d go and work under Patrick Vieira at Palace, head to Dortmund, or try and sneak a move to Leicester City?
Getting a starting place at Chelsea is a 2% chance at 18 years old. He won’t play in Europe at all. It’ll be hard for him to break into the cup line-ups because there will be talent there that needs minutes for the emergency moments in the league.
Kids at clubs around Europe are double-taking offers from big clubs these days because they know they are being stockpiled as U23s to be sold on. Do you go to Bayern to play for the u23s or do you go to Monchengladbach and get minutes? Do you stay at PSG or do you go to Le Harve? One of those directions gives you a better chance of making a career out of the game. The other has a case study from Arsenal. Marcus MaGuane was killing it at Arsenal, he took a move to Barcelona, now he’s slumming it at Oxford City after failing with Nottingham Forest.
This move looks like a weird revenge move from Kia. You think he’s not petty enough for that? Remember the Bruno Newcastle video where they popped off at Edu with one of the welcome video frames?
I wish the player the best of luck, I really do, but this move doesn’t pass the logic test, and I’m not sure it gets the boy to where he needs to be. It didn’t have to be Arsenal, but surely, it shouldn’t have been Chelsea?
What will be interesting now is to see how Marquinhos does. Clearly, the Brazilian is the solution to whatever Omari was going to be for us this season. I just hope Omari doesn’t look back in 2 years time and see this new boy smashing it in Arsenal’s starting 11 while he’s on his 4th loan with FC Charleroi.
ONTO FIRST TEAM TINGS.
Arsenal are in negotiations with Manchester City over Zinchenko. It’s heading in the right direction. Johhny Cochrane messaged me earlier to point out that it looks like we’re getting preferential treatment from them, an especially pertinent point when you consider this deal might be at the expense of Chelsea signing Nathan Ake.
The player is quality, he’s competition for Xhaka and Kieran Tierney, this is how you move when you are trying to get back to the top of the game.
There’s a great video doing the rounds where Kyle walker gives his view on who the 3 most technically gifted players at the club are.
“Not in any order, my top three are Zinchenko, Mahrez & Silva. Two touches, head tennis, so good. You’re leaving De Bruyne out, Foden, Cancelo, but they don’t come close to those three.”
Being singled out as one of the most technically blessed players at City is quite the accolade when you consider the outrageous talent on offer.
We are getting ourselves a top player here, he’ll want to impose himself on our starting 11, we’ll be signing another 4 time Premier League winner.
In other news, now Raphinha has moved to Barcelona, talk is on the winger.
Leroy Sane has entered the conversation. The player was absolute mustard when he was at City under Mikel Arteta. 57 g/a in 90 appearances is top tier. He’s dipped at little at Bayern, with 48 g/a in 111. But whatever, he’d be an electric signing, though a little bit older than the profile we’ve been chasing. The fee is rumoured to be around £60m. He’s an end product merchant. You just worry that a player of that reputation might mean less time for Martinelli who could find that level. His Champions League record is 29 g/a in 39 games. So, so elite. Suspect he’ll be picking Madrid before us, but whatever, I like that our name is in the mixer, and once again, it’s the City connection.
William Saliba, according to some reports, is not going to extend his deal. This is a weird one, because GFFN is oddly taken as a serious voice in football, but runs with very clear agendas that are quite immature. They don’t want Saliba to stay at Arsneal, they’ve been wrong at nearly every turn, so I’m not sure why we need to take this too seriously.
If Saliba has said he won’t sign a new deal until he sees how he’s used this season, that would make absolute sense professionally and from a business perspective. If his season goes badly, he’ll get a more favorable exit with one year on his deal than 6. So logically, I get the contract situation, but again, who knows. He might just want to get more money right away and feel secure that the club really wants him to be in the mixer next season.
I am calm regardless. There’s no better place for him to be at the moment. If he does what he did last season in the Premier League, he’ll be getting plenty of minutes this season.
Ok, that’s all I have.
P.S. I am on the wait for childbirth. We’re back and forth with pre-labour stuff. So I’ll be in and out on content