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Arsenal Are Leading The Race To Recruit This Manchester City Striker: Should Arteta Snap Him Up?

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In a recent report, Calciomercato claimed that Arsenal are leading the race to recruit Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City this summer. It has been stated that the Brazilian forward is very close to signing with the Gunners during this summer transfer period.

Jesus’ Rich Vein Of Form At Manchester This Season

Jesus enjoyed an excellent campaign at the Etihad Stadium as he managed to put in a lot of influential performances for Man City in the final third. The Sao Paulo-born talent has banged in 13 goals and grabbed 12 assists in 41 matches for Man City this season across multiple competitions.

The 25-year-old has proven himself to be a consistent performer in the opposition half by averaging 2.3 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League.

He has even been accurate with his link-up play in the attacking end of the pitch based on his pass completion rate of 84.8% in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

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Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus fights for the ball with Aston Villa’s English defender Tyrone Mings during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on May 22, 2022.(Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta Snap Jesus Up This Summer?

Jesus can use his pace and agility to get in behind the opposition defence. He has got a bag of skills under his belt and can complete a few dangerous dribbles with the ball.

More importantly, the Brazilian talent has established himself as a productive presence in the final third. Thus, he will be a great option for the Gunners to concentrate on this summer.

Jesus will bring plenty of pace and goals to Mikel Arteta‘s attack and could help the North London giants challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League next season. Therefore, Arteta would be wise to engineer a move to snap the Man City star up ahead of the new campaign.

Jesus will serve as an upgrade over Alexandre Lacazette who has struggled to be prolific in front of the opponent’s goal this season. However, Arsenal would have to pay a hefty fee if they are to stand any chance of securing his signature when the summer transfer commences later this month.

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