Gabriel Jesus is Arsenal’s “priority target” over Osimhen

Now that it appears that Eddie Nketiah is ready to sign a new contract at Arsenal, Mikel Arteta now only needs on top top striker to replace Alex Lacazette, who has already admitted that is in discussions with other clubs ahead of the next campaign, with ambitions of playing in the Champions League next season.

There have been many top strikers linked to Arsenal already for this window, and although it seemed that Man City’s Gabriel Jesus was Arteta’s first choice, there have been even more focus on Napoli’s Victor Osimhen in recent weeks, with the worry that missing out on the Champions League (and Man City’s valuation) may have scuppered our chances of landing Jesus.

But, according to the transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal are still going for Jesus as their priority target for the striker position. Romano said in an exclusive interview in CaughtOffside: “As of today, I am not aware of an advanced negotiation for Victor Osimhen to Arsenal,” Romano says. “So far there is no proposal on the table, sources close to the club guarantee.

“Arsenal are waiting for answers from Gabriel Jesus, who is the priority target, but who also interests other clubs.”

I am not surprised that other top clubs would be making approaches for Jesus, who may be swayed by getting to be a main striker in a Champions League side, but I’m hoping that Arteta’s previous relationship with the Brazilian could tip the balance in our direction, especially if our Boss can convince him to join “the project”.

But most of all: I hope that, whoever we get this summer, they can come to us early enough to join in our pre-season. We don’t want to go into the new campaign unprepared, like we did last year…

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  1. But will he swap the CL for the EL? Can’t see it myself…

    TRVL.. I saw this comment elsewhere and immediately thought of you, sounds just like one of your quips:
    “Exchanging Pep for Arteta is like exchanging Usain Bolt for Oscar Pistorius” Ouch 😂

  2. Jesus should not be our priority signing if we already sign Eddie.

    Our priority signing should be striker in the mould of Ivan Toney, Dominic Calvert Lewin, Victor Osimhen, Nunez

    Eddie is too much like Jesus

    1. “Eddie is too much like Jesus”
      I cannot see it.

      Jesus has technical ability. He can dribble his way out of crowded areas. I have never seen that from Eddie..

  3. So Laca leaves, we sign Jesus.
    Eddie signs news deal, Balogun goes on loan and we only buy another winger once Pepe goes.

    Not much to be desired if that’s all were doing this summer attacking wise. Who else is going to come? I can guarntee it’ll be nobody we have mentioned, cheaper and we will still be in an around 7th,6th & 5th spot come this time next year.

    Messing up that Top4 has cost us dearly & what makes it even worse we did it to ourselves, maybe next year but I have my doubts. We will see!

  4. Holding, xhaka, elneny, and nketia, Cedric all been given contract with this management.
    Later many fans will scream they are clearing the deadwood.
    Note, I am not labeling any of the players a deadwood.
    But if these players are getting new contracts, who are the deadwood that they claim this management is clearing??

  5. Signing Nketiah for the rumored wages and bonus should be a red flag.

    What in the world has he done for 100k a week? We just ask to get mugged, don’t we? Sales like Mavro, Guendouzi, rumored Torreira deal collapses over 15 million?

    How a bench player and underwhelming player gets a 100k deal is embarrassing. Knowing this, any quality striker shouldn’t settle for less than 250k a week if Nketiah is getting 100k.

    Did Arsenal even put up a fight in negotiations or just immediately roll over for Nketiah?

    1. It is a little outlandish isn’t it Durand ? I reckon we’ll try get Lacazette pinned to a new deal next.

  6. Saving auba wages just to give nketiah 100k that’s a joke people talking bout our loan players not being good enough haha guendozi is in French national side and not god enough but we paying nketiah 100k

  7. Agree with others. I don’t want Jesus anymore if we are keeping Eddie. I don’t see a realiable goal scorer in that squad. Jesus is a really good forward but not a guy who is scoring every other game like we need. And Eddie is just an awful reactionary decision from the club. Would’ve been better off letting our strikers go and starting fresh with forwards. Eddie doesnt get near a single top 6 starting line.

  8. Darwin Nunez is the real deal, Jesus is just like Eddie, try taking Eddie to city, he will bang some goals because of the number of chances they create.

  9. Jesus is the natural fit on so many levels. Arteta knows the player for a start so he can hit the ground running. He will have several compatriots all of whom will be playing for a place in the Brazil world cup squad. Needs to time to adapt to the Premier League. 95 goals and 46 assists in 235 appearances. That’s a goal contribution in less than every 2 games. Taking into account he played the bulk of those games not as a centre forward that is an impressive return. If we can get him for around 40 million we would be doing great business for a player entering his prime.

  10. After Nketiah signs the contract, I wonder if we still buy 2 new strikers??
    We still need a big target man no. 9 to give us different variations on top. I go for either Nunez or Osimhen with Jesus the other option.

    1. Ian We WILL NEVER SPLASH OUT THE CASH TO BUY EITHER OF THOSE TWO TOP PLAYERS. That is the sad reality. No point in dreaming, hopelessly!

    But now that is appears Eddie will be staying, that does snot amount to enough striking options IMO to make a needed vast improvement up front I do not see us splashing out thee sort of cast to attract a top proven striker and I think , though of course HOPE NOT, that paltry strike force will be our whole strike force this coming season.
    Not remotely good enough in depth, IMO, even though I do rate JESUS AND EDDIE IS FAST IMPROVING

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