However, after falling out with Gian Piero Gasperini earlier this season, Atalanta allowed the £13.5 million-rated attacking midfielder to leave the club this month, eventually agreeing a £4.95 million fee with Sevilla for the sale of the player.
He said: “[There was] an opportunity of Papu Gomez [moving to] Arsenal but they never considered him as a serious contender for the role of number 10. They were looking for a player – obviously, they signed [Martin] Odegaard, so there is nothing going on right now.
“But, Papu Gomez was a possibility [who was] offered [but] they were looking for a young player and not for an [older player] – respecting Papu Gomez because, in my opinion, he’s one of the best players in the world.”
Would Gomez have been a good signing?
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments regarding Papu Gomez…
Considering the fact that Arsenal have struggled for goals so far this season, with their record of 26 Premier League goals scored being bettered by no fewer than 11 teams, the argument could easily be made that the signing of an experienced goal scorer and provider like Gomez would have been a sensible move by Mikel Arteta’s side.
However, after landing the rather less experienced Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a six-month loan deal, it would indeed appear as if Arsenal prioritised youth over wisdom in this particular instance.