Arsenal started the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah in attack but could end up with only Martinelli come the summer.
Aubameyang had his contract mutually terminated in January and went on to join Barcelona, Lacazette is out of contract this summer and turned down an extension, and Nketiah has rejected a new deal due to a lack of playing time, so Mikel Arteta will need at least one striker ahead of next season.
Goal say the Gunners have identified a potential solution in the form of Gabriel Jesus. The 25-year-old has an uncertain future at Manchester City as he’s not held down a regular spot under Pep Guardiola, though he’s started games in recent weeks.
Jesus is out of contract in 2023 and doesn’t appear keen to extend his stay beyond next year if he’s going to be on the periphery, so City will have to cash in early rather than risk losing him on a free transfer. The fact they’re on the hunt for Erling Haaland would mean added competition next season too, so this all plays into Arsenal’s hands.
Goal say the Gunners’ technical director Edu held talks with Jesus’ agent Paulo Pitombeira over a deal, but it remains to be seen if he’ll pick Arsenal over any other suitor. The North London outfit are on course to finish in a Champions League place, but City are chasing honours on nearly all fronts.
The Brazilian international joined City from Palmeiras in 2017 and has made 231 appearances in all competitions, scoring 94 goals with 46 assists. He’s made 36 appearances across the board this season, scoring 12 goals with 12 assists, so it’s easy to see why Arsenal would want him.
It would be a step down the career ladder to join the Gunners, however, so Jesus might weigh up all his options this summer before making a decision.