Arsenal are hopeful of signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City (Picture: Getty)
Strengthening Arsenal’s forward line represents a priority for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, this summer after the north London club fell just short of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Despite presiding over a clear improvement at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s bid to secure a top four place ahead of Spurs was ultimately undermined by a lack of goals.
Gabriel Jesus scored for Brazil in their 5-1 win over South Korea (Picture: Getty)
Overall, Arsenal managed just 61 goals in 38 matches and fell away during the closing stages of a campaign that ended on a disappointing note as Spurs snatched fourth place.
Arteta sanctioned the decision to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave in January and was unable to find a replacement.
Eddie Nketiah impressed during the closing weeks of the campaign and although the England Under-21 international now looks set to stay and sign a new deal, Arsenal are still short of numbers following Alexandre Lacazette’s decision to leave on a free with his contract having expired this week.
Even without the prospect of elite European football, Jesus is ready to commit the peak years of his career to Arteta’s Arsenal rebuilding project.
The pair worked together at City where Arteta served as Pep Guardiola’s assistant and the promise of regular first team football, as well as a salary of around £200,000-a-week, should seal the deal, according to The Sun.
Jesus is currently on international duty with Brazil, but a deal could be reached as early as next week.
Speaking after he scored for Brazil against South Korea in a 5-1 win, Jesus suggested a decision could be imminent.
He said: ‘I’m looking to see what’s best for me and above all, for my career. From Tuesday, we’ll see what is the best.’
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