Later News Jun 25

Arsenal await the coming of Jesus to bring them to the top


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta asked for an established top-level forward this summer, and it appears that he is about to receive one.

 

The Gunners have reportedly reached an agreement with Manchester City for the purchase of Gabriel Jesus for a tithe fee of around £45m (S$76.5m).

 

WATCH: Jesus' goals for City in 2021/2022

 

Jesus was understood to be eager to to establish himself as a first-choice striker at a club whose manager’s first thought every morning is NOT “how should I f*** with the Fantasy Premier League managers this weekend?”.

 

Former Brazil international Ze Roberto said: “Gabriel Jesus is a player who has a lot of talent and a lot of potential, but he needs to have more playing time in order to gain confidence.

 

“The mentality Pep Guardiola has is to rotate his whole team and give opportunities to every player, but I believe the best version of Gabriel Jesus is when he is motivated and playing consistently.

 

“When a player like Gabriel is in the team then out of it, it is very difficult for him to have stability and find confidence. I think it is always going to be difficult for that to change at Manchester City.”

 

WATCH: Throwback to Jesus' debut for City

 

The Brazil international, who scored 13 goals in all competitions for the Citizens last season, was also a target for Arsenal’s North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, but the 25-year-old evidently decided he would rather take his chance fighting for a first-team spot against Eddie Nketiah instead of Harry Kane.

 

Arteta was believed to have had identified Jesus – who he previously worked with at City – as his first-choice striker target for this summer as early as six months ago, with the former Palmeiras star’s ability to get on the end of crosses proving a particular draw.

 

Should the Jesus deal be finalised, he will be the second Brazilian to join Arsenal this season, following the Emirates Stadium outfit’s capture of young winger Marquinhos. 

 

WATCH: The best of Raphinha in 2021/2022 for Leeds

 

He, however, might not be the last Brazilian to join Arteta’s side this season, with Leeds United winger Raphinha also a target for Arsenal.

 

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