Arsenal’s sports director Edu has allegedly told Gabriel Jesus that he will be the club’s first-choice striker, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge. This might give Arsenal a leg up on Tottenham in the race to sign Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both keen on signing the Manchester City attacker, who is valued at £45 million, but Bridge believes Arsenal has the upper hand because they can guarantee him a regular starting berth in their lineup.
What are the most recent Jesus reports?
Despite Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League, Jesus is said to be prepared to join the team at the Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta has identified the 25-year-old as a significant striker target for the next summer, according to The Athletic.
Jesus has been with City for five and a half years and has scored 95 goals for the team throughout that time. However, owing to the addition of Erling Haaland, his playing time will be reduced next season.
As a consequence, Arsenal is considering making him their main striker, given that both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to become free agents shortly.
Tottenham is expected to battle with its neighbors for Jesus’ signing, according to the Telegraph. Tottenham is eager to bring in someone to challenge and give competition for Harry Kane. Tottenham are anxious to sign a player who can compete with Harry Kane and provide competition for him.
Jesus would be in a predicament similar to what he is in at Etihad Stadium right now, which is why Bridge feels the Gunners have the upper hand in this clash. Kane is a sure bet to start once he’s recovered.
What did Bridge say about Jesus?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Gabriel Jesus has been told by Edu that he will be Arsenal’s number nine. I’d imagine City will entertain the likes of Tottenham being involved in a bit of a bidding war and Tottenham have that carrot of Champions League football over Arsenal, but Arsenal would stress that Jesus would be a central part, whereas you can’t convince anyone of that when you’ve got Harry Kane.”
Why does Arsenal want Jesus?
Despite coming off the bench in the bulk of his City appearances, Jesus has a track record in the Premier League of England.
He has 158 Premier League appearances under his belt, scoring 58 goals and assisting 32 times. This means he directly contributes to a goal once every 103.3 minutes in the league.
Furthermore, Jesus has scored goals in the Champions League, netting 20 goals in little over 2,203 minutes of action for City in European competition.
Some may not consider Jesus to be an exceptional player, but given that Nketiah was Arsenal’s best goal scorer this season with five goals, all of which came after April, adding Jesus to Arteta’s roster would surely be advantageous.