Chelsea accused of blocking Arsenal transfer plans as pressure mounts on Mikel Arteta

Arteta warns fans Arsenal project will 'take some time'

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Arsenal spent over £100million in the summer transfer window but Mikel Arteta did not get all of his top targets. Ben White was the biggest signing, arriving in a £50m move from Brighton. Martin Odegaard also made his loan move permanent as he quit Real Madrid.

However, the Gunners’ main problem area this season has been up front as they have not scored a single goal in their opening three league matches.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette continue to draw blanks and Arteta wanted a new forward before the window shut.

The north Londoners put out the feelers to Chelsea, who were looking to offload Tammy Abraham.

Thomas Tuchel gave the green light for the England international to link up with Jose Mourinho’s Roma after Romelu Lukaku arrived at Stamford Bridge.

And former Premier League star Carlton Palmer thinks Chelsea would not have let Arsenal swoop for their No 9 – which has piled the pressure on Arteta with Arsenal bottom of the table.

“I’m pleased the guy went and played his football,” Palmer told the Football FanCast about Abraham.

“I don’t think Chelsea would have let him go to Arsenal, out of choice because of the rivalry and so forth.

“For Chelsea, from the club’s point of view, they’re happy for him to go abroad. I’m pleased for Tammy.”

Abraham has started well at Roma, scoring one goal as they won their opening three games of the season.

Explaining his decision to link up with Mourinho again, the 23-year-old said: “In the last year at Chelsea, I played less than I hoped for. It was important to talk to Mourinho.

“I talked to Mourinho and Tiago Pinto explained the club’s ambition to me.

“Mourinho is also a winner and has characteristics I see myself in.

“But I want to say that I’m not only here for Jose, his presence was important but I have always followed Roma.

“I had the privilege of sharing the dressing room at Chelsea with Emerson and Rudiger. Tony spoke very well about Roma.

“I must say that since I arrived, the fans have been extraordinary, as have my team-mates and this made me feel at home.”

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