The Mikel Arteta advantage which could help Arsenal pip Real Madrid to £ 45m transfer

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Arsenal are one of the favorites to secure a summer deal for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus but recent reports suggest Real Madrid are also keen on the forward

Mikel Arteta could prove crucial to Arsenal's hopes of signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus
Mikel Arteta could prove crucial to Arsenal’s hopes of signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus

Mikel Arteta could be Arsenal’s ace card in their bid to seal a summer move for top transfer target Gabriel Jesus.

The Manchester City star has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez likely pushing the 25-year-old down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola. Jesus is also set to enter the final year of his contract, opening the door for a potential cut-price exit.

Arsenal are in need of attacking reinforcements having narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification to rivals Tottenham. Alexandre Lacazette has now followed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the exit door, leaving Eddie Nketiah as the only recognized senior striker currently at Arteta’s disposal.

Jesus’ likely reduced role at City next season coupled with Arsenal’s need for a new leading man makes it a logical deal for all parties concerned. The forward’s agent Marcelo Pettinati has confirmed a decision on his future will be taken after the latest round of Brazil’s international fixtures.

Reports in recent weeks have regularly placed Arsenal in pole position for Jesus’ signature, despite a host of other clubs credited with an interest. However, the latest claim of Real Madrid shortlisting the striker has potentially thrown a spanner in the works.

Carlo Ancelotti is said to be keen on a summer move, with an attacker on the agenda following Kylian Mbappe’s surprise snub. Real president Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez both consider Jesus as a potential option, and it is the former Everton boss pushing hardest for a deal.

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Arsenal are said to be prioritizing a move for Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus
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The appeal of a move to Madrid is obvious, despite Karim Benzema’s current status as one of Europe’s leading strikers. Jesus will almost certainly be tempted by the prospect of linking up with international team-mates Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr at the Champions League winners.

It is a difficult offer for Arsenal to compete with on paper, with the Gunners facing up to a sixth consecutive campaign without Champions League football. Arteta has assembled a youthful squad full of promise, yet their record against ‘Big Six’ rivals this season is proof of the sizeable gap that still needs to be bridged.

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However, the Arsenal boss himself could prove decisive should the Gunners need to convince Jesus to shun approaches from elsewhere. Arteta began his fledgling coaching career at the Etihad as an assistant coach, spending three years under Guardiola before accepting his first managerial post in 2019.

Arteta’s burgeoning reputation on the touchline at City was well-documented, with Newcastle United among the clubs who failed in an approach before Arsenal came calling. Jesus was among sveral first-team stars to hail the ‘fantastic’ influence of the former City assistant.

Speaking back in 2019, the striker said: “He’s helped a lot of players. When I want to do finishing after training, I tell him and he comes and helps me.

“So he is really fantastic for us. All the players know that – everyone knows that in the club. He is a fantastic guy and fantastic manager.”







Gabriel Jesus is expected to make a decision on his future after Brazil’s latest round of fixtures
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The promise of game-time will likely prove crucial to Jesus when deciding upon his future. The forward has already earned four Premier League winners medals, yet has never started more than 22 top-flight fixtures in a single campaign under Guardiola.

The price tag for Jesus has varied wildly between reports, with Transfermarkt listing the forward with a current value of £ 45 million. Regardless of the financial terms Arsenal are prepared to offer, it could well be Arteta himself who proves decisive in landing the deal for their top transfer target.

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