According to many sources, Gabriel Jesus, who plays centre-forward for Manchester City, and his agents have agreed that they would not entirely rule out a move to Arsenal in the event that the team is unable to clinch a spot in the Champions League. Following the 2-0 loss to Newcastle on Monday night, there is now anxiety in north London that the Gunners may not be able to attract their top targets if it turns out that they do not finish in the top four of the Premier League. This was predicted to happen.
Before their humiliating loss to their rivals a week ago, Arsenal were on course to finish fourth in the Premier League, moving ahead of Tottenham in the standings.
It was a result that completely reversed the balance and saw Spurs seize the momentum as a consequence of Antonio Conte’s team following up their success in the north London derby with a triumph against Burnley that resulted in a score of 1-0.
It will take nothing short of a miracle for Arsenal to get back into the Champions League next season. They need a victory on Sunday against Everton and must also keep their fingers crossed that bottom-place Norwich can pull off an upset against Spurs.
Even if Arsenal are playing in the Europa League when the new season begins, there is still hope for the Gunners, as The Sun is reporting that Jesus and his team have not ruled out the possibility of moving to the Emirates. This is the case despite the fact that the Gunners are currently in a dire situation.
It is possible that Arsenal will benefit from the fact that Mikel Arteta has a strong working relationship with the Brazilian as a result of his time spent at Manchester City in the role of Pep Guardiola’s No. 2 assistant.
After the signing of Erling Haaland, City is planning to get-go of its frontman this summer. Jesus will be out of contract in 2023, so the move makes sense.
Jesus’ agent, Marcelo Pettinati, recently confirmed that they were exploring a transfer to Arsenal, but he cautioned the Gunners that there were plenty of other suitors in the race. Jesus is currently being courted by a number of other teams.
Pettinati said to Fabrizio Romano, “We have negotiations with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the idea – it’s a possibility we’re exploring.” Pettinati was referring to the potential transfer of Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal.
The setback that Arsenal suffered against Newcastle poses issues with regard to key transfer targets.
“There are 6 more clubs interested in Gabriel – he’s focused on final games with Man City, we’ll see”.
And if any of those teams are able to provide play in the Champions League, Arsenal may have a difficult time persuading Jesus to join them in the Premier League.
However, it is said that they do have an edge since the 25-year-old player is eager to continue playing in the Premier League even after spending almost five years with City.
At this point, there are no other English teams that have joined the competition; however, this might change before the completion of the current season.
Prior to this, Tottenham had been offered Jesus as part of a swap for Harry Kane; however, Spurs respectfully rebuffed the offer.
Arsenal would be pleased to provide the centre forward guarantees of playing time in order to help him strengthen his position in Brazil’s World Cup team ahead of the competition in Qatar in November. The event will take place in November.
In the event that a deal for Jesus does not come to fruition, Arteta and Edu do have a number of other forwards lined up as potential replacements.
Jonathan David, Alexander Isak, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tammy Abraham, and Darwin Nunez are the candidates they have chosen to go on with.