Highly rated striker happy he chose Serie A side instead of Arsenal

Previously linked Arsenal strike target Antonio Sanabria says he is happy that he chose Roma.

Paraguayan wonderkid Antonio Sanabria has been talking about his decision to leave Barcelona.

The teenager was claimed by The Mail in December to be close to signing a five-year deal with Arsenal, only to join AS Roma a month later instead.

It is a decision the prospect stands by, despite being still to make his competitive debut for the Serie A side.

He told: GazzettaGiallorossi.it: "The decision to come to Rome? Indeed it was a difficult decision, which took a long time. However I think it was the right one.

"I have been impressed definitely (with) Totti, as you would expect, but every member of this squad, because there are only great players at this club. Now I just have to learn from them.

"Goodbye to Barcelona? Sometimes in life you happen to make difficult decisions, but in life it is necessary to take risks."

Sanabria was loaned to Serie A side Sassuolo in the second half of last season but only made two appearances.

The 18-year-old did however make appearances in Roma colours in their US tour games against Liverpool, a win, and Manchester United, a loss.

Already a Paraguayan international, his talent is not in doubt, but like all young prospects, reaching the very top depends on opportunity, health, and making the most of limited opportunities.

He certainly seems content at Roma, and looking at the strikeforce of Suarez, Neymar and Messi, chances at Barcelona would have been hard to come by.

At Arsenal he would have been put in a queue of young forwards alongside Sanogo, Campbell and Akpom, jostling for position, and there is no guarantee he would have been at the front of it.

At this stage it looks like a case of 'you win some, you lose some' for Arsenal, and it's in Sanabria's hands now to really make them wish they had been more persuasive.

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