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Why Gabriel Jesus is the perfect fit for Arsenal

Gabriel Jesus has had a mixed time at Manchester City. The Brazilian certainly has talent in abundance, but has rarely been able to showcase it.

That is because he has largely played an inferior role under Pep Guardiola. The City boss has an array of talents to choose from. Jesus is seemingly not a priority.

The likes of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva are all often ahead of Jesus in the pecking order. The potential summer arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez will push him further down the list.

But Jesus may be able to find a way out this summer. Arsenal reportedly want to bring the forward to north London.

Gabriel Jesus

Here’s why Jesus to Arsenal certainly makes sense:

Previous relationship between Gabriel Jesus and Arteta

First and foremost, Jesus and Mikel Arteta have worked together before. The pair were in close contact while Arteta was coaching at City. They already have a solid relationship, and this would help the striker quickly settle into his new surroundings.

With 230 appearances, the 25-year-old has certainly been utilised in the Guardiola era. But given his ability, the striker would have wanted much more game time. He has 93 goals and 46 assists in that time. 

Arteta could tempt Jesus with not only a regular playing spot, but a starring role in his exciting young team.

Arsenal need a striker

Arsenal have been missing a clinical finisher in recent months. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left a huge gap, and Alexandre Lacazette has somewhat failed to fill it. Youngster Eddie Nketiah has put a strong case forward in recent weeks. But Arteta will want a world-class talent in there, and Jesus can be that player.

Moreover, the Brazilian has shown that he is more than capable of playing in many different attacking roles. The Gunners may not be as fluid as City going forward. But the likes of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and Emile Smith Rowe can often be found floating in and out of different attacking positions.

Jesus can undoubtedly be the main striker, but he can operate out wide if needed. It’s a role he’s had no problem undertaking, a feat he was forced into in order to gain more playing time at City.

Arsenal need a player like Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus is direct, skilful, and fast. Arteta adores such traits. He already has a handful of players with such characteristics. But the Brazilian has the added bonus of being a lethal finisher.

His dribbling is effective, but his ability to find the back of the net would make him stand out from the current Arsenal crop. At just 25, he still has a huge career ahead of him. A switch to north London would also boost his hopes with the Brazil national team.

He is also battling it out with star players for regular playing time with his country. A new club career move would undoubtedly help his international situation. And that is particularly important ahead of the World Cup.

About the author

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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