Journalist Freddie Paxton has now revealed the ‘feeling’ inside Arsenal regarding their pursuit of Gabriel Jesus.
The Lowdown: ‘Advanced’ talks
It has been reported that the Gunners are in ‘advanced’ talks to bring Jesus to the Emirates Stadium this summer after the departure of Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman’s exit has left Mikel Arteta with only Eddie Nketiah and the returning Folarin Balogun as his striker options for next season, meaning that they are almost certain to sign another centre-forward this window.
The Latest: Jesus ‘feeling’
Taking to Twitter, Paxton, who also supports the North London club, has revealed that talks for them to sign Jesus are ‘progressing well’, and that discussions with his agents have been ‘positive’.
He added that there is a ‘feeling’ inside AFC that it is now a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’ for the deal to be done:
“Understand that negotiations for Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus are progressing well. Negotiations with agents around the overall package have been positive.
“There is a feeling from those around the club that it’s now a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.”
The Verdict: Exciting
It is certainly exciting for the supporters to hear of Jesus’ expected arrival, with the saga dragging on long enough already for fans wanting to see him in a red and white shirt.
Despite being shifted out on the wing for most of last season by Pep Guardiola, the Brazil international still managed to score eight goals and make a further nine assists in 28 games in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
Should Arsenal sign Jesus?
His 17 goal contributions in the competition was only bettered in the Arsenal squad by Bukayo Saka (18), and the 25-year-old has shown consistently that he can make the difference at the final end of the pitch in the top flight.
Nonetheless, Jesus is a player Arteta knows very well from his time assisting Guardiola at City, and so this is a deal that makes a lot of sense for the Gunners.
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