‘I was right to dump Arsenal for Chelsea’ – 20-year-old winger insists

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Chelsea winger, Omari Hutchinson has insisted that he doesn’t regret his decision to swap Arsenal for Chelsea.

The 20-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge last year after making a few first-team appearances for the Gunners.

Hutchinson’s decision to leave Arsenal was because he wanted to get more first-team football minutes under his belt, although that hasn’t really been the case.

The UK-born Jamaica international only played twice under Graham Potter before he was sent on loan to Ipswich Town during the summer transfer window.

Life has however been good for Hutchinson at Ipswich, who are fighting for a return to the Premier League after a 20-year absence, and the youngster is hoping that like Chelsea captain Reece James, he can force his way into Mauricio Pochettino’s side if he manages to impress while on loan.

He told The Athletic: “I was at Arsenal from 11 to playing for the under-23s. I have a lot of friends there and obviously the coaching staff, so it was a difficult decision to leave.

“I always felt loved there. All the fans were waiting for me to push on into the first team. But things didn’t just work out for one reason or another.

“I just had to get over stuff like that. I spoke to the people at Chelsea, saw the pathway they had for me, knew the staff there and some of the players. I already knew Reece James and he told me to come. Everyone gave Chelsea a positive review. I believe it has worked out so far.

“Reece has been on the journey that I want to go on — from the academy, to a loan in the Championship, to the first team.

“He told me to go and do my thing at Ipswich, to show what I’m about. Then come back and be ready (for Chelsea). Reece was always on my team whenever I trained with the senior squad last season, so I never got to take him on.

“I hope to be taking him on soon.”

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