Arsenal and Edu vindicated as Chelsea star begins transfer talks with Premier League rivals

Omari Hutchinson could be on his way to Ipswich Town permanently
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Arsenal are no slouches when it comes to producing academy talents, with the next generation of stars already emerging.

Chido Obi-Martin is attracting interest from Bayern Munich after his 32-goal return from 18 Premier League 2 games while Ethan Nwaneri was offered 13 minutes against West Ham in February, having tallied 18 goals in 21 youth games.

Bukayo Saka, the starboy of the last wave of talent, is currently away with England at Euro 2024 but his fellow graduates could be set for an exit from the Emirates Stadium. Eddie Nkeitah, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe are all being tipped for summer transfers.

The same can be said for former product Omari Hutchinson, whose transfer to Chelsea in 2022 drew a lot of criticism from Gooners.

However, he has played two senior games for the Blues, featuring as a substitute against Manchester City twice in the same week during Premier League and FA Cup fixtures in January 2023. Hutchinson only truly made his mark on first-team football at Ipswich Town last season.

The winger - who has two international caps for Jamaica - registered 11 goals and six assists to help the Tractor Boys achieve promotion to the Premier League. And now it seems Kieran McKenna is keen to bring in the attacker on a permanent basis.

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Journalist Fabrizio Romano claims talks regarding a switch have already begun amid interest from several Bundesliga clubs. Ipswich hope that they can bat away the competition to his signature, though.

The move, at this stage, would be a positive one for Hutchinson amid the offer of regular Premier League football. Some may feel that the 20-year-old is yet to reach the heights many had predicted him to, though.

Hutchinson has not yet followed in the footsteps of the likes of Saka and Nketiah by being a Champions League regular, and perhaps Arsenal saw this on the horizon. But Hutchinson still has bags of time on his side.

The form he showed in the Championship last season would signal that he is ready for a crack at the top-flight, as many would argue.

However, others may feel that the proposed move to Ipswich leaves Mikel Arteta and Edu vindicated in their decision to sell him two years ago, with Chelsea now seemingly coming to similar conclusions.