Arsenal news: Higuain explains failed move and Jesus transfer statement

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Gonzalo Higuain has spoken about previous interest from Arsenal, while Paul Merson believes the Gunners need to sign Gabriel Jesus to guarantee they can be competitive in a top-four battle

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It may have taken some time for Arsenal supporters to fully overcome the disappointment of the end to last season. But it feels like the moving on process has begun in earnest this week.

The signing of the talented Fabio Vieira from Porto was confirmed, while the club’s sporting director Edu gave an interview that suggested more acquisitions will be on the way at the Emirates Stadium.

It means the mood has shifted. No longer are fans lamenting the loss of momentum in the race for a top-four spot in 2021-22 – they are looking at what strides can be made on the back of some of the strong foundations established.

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Higuain on Arsenal interest

One player who was frequently tipped to make a move to Arsenal in his prime years is Gonzalo Higuain.

The Argentina international was a prolific goalscorer at Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus, with links to the Premier League frequently emerging. While he did have a loan spell at Chelsea eventually, it was the Gunners who looked most likely to sign him for a long time.

The man himself has confirmed a move to north London was close to coming off before Napoli swooped.

“I remember that I was on the verge of going to Arsenal when I went to Napoli, but they said I was too expensive,” he said. “And a few days later, they paid € 80m for [Mesut] Ozil! “

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Merson sends transfer warning

Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson believes bringing in Gabriel Jesus would show that the club are “serious” about being competitive in the top-four race again this season.

Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Mikel Arteta is short of proven options at the point of the attack. That’s why links with the Manchester City and Brazil forward seemingly make sense for the Gunners.

Merson thinks Arsenal should be going all out to bring Jesus to north London.

“Arsenal must get Gabriel Jesus if they are serious about getting back into the top four,” he said. “They have got to get him. It’s that simple.

“Everything goes out of the window if they don’t. It doesn’t matter what else they do. All they’ve got right now up front is Eddie Nketiah. And no disrespect but Nketiah won’t get you into the top four “Absolutely no chance. That’s a fact.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates with the Premier League Trophy after his side finished the season as Premier League champions after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Manchester, England . (Photo by Tom Flathers / Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Marseille get Saliba boost

Marseille have been handed a possible boost in their attempts to sign William Saliba on a permanent deal from Arsenal.

The French center-back spent last season on loan with the Ligue 1 outfit and enjoyed arguably the most consistent campaign of his young career. His performances have prompted some speculation regarding a transfer approach from Marseille as a result, although the Gunners are expected to use Saliba as part of their first-team squad.

Marseille may have the resources to test Arsenal’s resolve though, with reports in France suggesting the club will be “ambitious without overspending” in the transfer market. That’s after owner Frank McCourt satisfied the DNCG’s concerns by making guarantees.

Last season the club were suspended provisionally from signing new players due to the issues with their financial situation.

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