Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha has told Arsenal exactly why they should sign Gabriel Jesus, despite questions about the attacker’s ‘killer instinct’ in front of goal. It comes as the Manchester City star has been linked with a move to the Emirates this summer.
Mikel Arteta is said to be looking for a striker at the end of the season, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are leaving as free agents. This leaves Folarin Balogun, a graduate of the Academy, the only recognized center forward option at the club.
The Spaniard has already made a record attempt to discuss the need for an attacker in the transfer market. “This is the moment when we have to increase the quality. We need someone to put the ball in the net, that’s priority number one. Every successful team needs sufficient target threat in the squad,” said Arteta.
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While the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Darwin Nunez, Alexander Isak, Jonathan David and Victor Osimhen have all been linked with moving to the Emirates, Jesus joins the long list of possible options. The Brazilian’s contract with the Etihad runs until 2023 and with the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year, he may need more playing time to guarantee a seat on the plane.
Since reports began to circulate about where his future might lie, the 25-year-old has scored five goals in two games, including four against Premier League fighters Watford. Despite that, however, there are doubts about the striker’s ability to score relentlessly.
Former United striker Saha believes Jesus was not given a chance as a number 9, while praising his hard work. Speaking to Gambling Deals, he said: “Sometimes he’s been criticized for not having the ‘killer instinct’, something that Ruud van Nistelrooy had, or (Robert) Lewandowksi and all those players. He has worked hard for other players, but this is Manchester City’s style. He may not be as deadly as some of the world’s best, but he can improve.
“If he’s working hard for the goal. (Currently) the focus is on him linking the game, being very diverse, going left or right, because that’s what City need. They need a lot of movement and he’s haven’t really been able to play as No. 9.”
Whether he will make the move to North London remains to be seen, but his style seems to match Arteta’s. He could be a big player for the future if they land him now.