According to reports from a journalist based in Brazil named Rodrigo Oliviera, Arsenal is now in the “pole position” to sign striker Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City this summer. He added that Jesus wants to remain in England. But Jesus does not want to remain in Manchester City.
During the 2021-22 season, the Brazilian attacker played in 41 games for Manchester City in all competitions. During those games, he scored 13 goals and created 12 assists.
However, the Premier League winners have just added Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to their roster. Thus, heightening the level of competition for Jesus. As a result, he could consider moving somewhere else to get more consistent playing time in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
In an interview with Calciomercato‘s CMIT TV, the journalist Oliviera from “Radio Gaucha” disclosed the present status of the forward, saying:
“Arsenal is now in the lead for Gabriel Jesus despite competition from several other prominent teams. The footballer has shown an interest in departing from Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus is very close to signing with the Gunners. He is very suited to English football and wants to stay in England. Arsenal wants to make a good offer. So it is likely that Arsenal will take on Gabriel Jesus, who has lost space in the Brazil shirt in recent months.”
He added: “Many players have surpassed him in the hierarchy. This is why he wants to remain in England. At the same time, Arsenal is ready to make a fantastic offer, possibly even for 50-60 million euros. They are in pole position.”
Gabriel Jesus, who now plays for Manchester City, may be a crucial addition to Arsenal
The signing of Jesus might provide a solution to a significant issue for the Gunners, which is scoring goals. Mikel Arteta has assembled a talented group of young players. These include Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, who often generate scoring opportunities for his club. On the other hand, their forwards, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah have had a lot of trouble converting such opportunities. During the previous campaign, the two players combined for a total of only 16 goals scored across all competitions.
What will the Gunners do?
This summer sees the conclusion of both players’ respective contracts with the club. It seems certain that Lacazette will be leaving the club. The Guardian reports that Nketiah will soon sign a new deal.
Therefore, bringing in the Manchester City striker to play with the Englishman could turn out to be a brilliant decision on the part of the Gunners. Furthermore, due to Jesus’s flexibility, he can play on both the left and right sides of the attack, as well as in a two-striker system, if the situation calls for it.
The fact that the Gunners do not compete in the Champions League is something that could discourage the Brazilian from joining them. However, the fact that Jesus and Arteta worked together at City earlier may work to the advantage of the club located in north London.