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Arsenal Still Leading The Race For Manchester City Striker: What Will He Bring To North London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Calciomercato stated that Arsenal are still leading the race for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer. It is believed that the Brazilian attacker’s agent Marcello Pettinati will make an obligatory stop in London to hold discussions with the Gunners over a potential move for his client.

Jesus’ Impressive Form In The Premier League Last Season

Jesus had a promising campaign at the Etihad Stadium after he managed to establish himself as a productive member of Pep Guardiola’s squad. The ex-Palmeiras talent scored 13 goals and picked up 12 assists in 41 appearances for Man City last season in multiple competitions.

The 56-time Brazil international proved himself to be a reliable performer in the final third as he averaged 2.3 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been excellent when distributing possession deep inside the opposition half, based on his pass success rate of 84.8% in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Brazil’s Gabriel Jesus controls the ball during the friendly football match between Japan and Brazil at the National Stadium in Tokyo on June 6, 2022. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images ( Imago Images (

What Will Jesus Bring To Arsenal?

Jesus can use his quickness and agility to get in behind the opposition defence and can make some clever turns in the final third to cause a lot of headaches for his marker. Jesus is primarily a centre-forward but can even fill in as a wide player on either flank if needed.

The Brazil international has established himself as a decent finisher up top and can even engineer a few meaningful openings for others around him.

Jesus will bring plenty of pace and goals to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta‘s attack. He would even serve as a good replacement for Alexandre Lacazette who struggled to be consistent in terms of his goal-scoring in the previous campaign.

At 25, Jesus is a player on the rise, so the Gunners will do well to lure him to the Emirates Stadium during this summer transfer period. The South American forward has what it takes to help the North London giants fight for a top-four place in the Premier League next season. Therefore, Arteta should try everything in his power to get a deal done for Jesus before the start of the new campaign.

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