Paul Merson suggests Gabriel Jesus could outscore Man City star this season

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has admitted that he has been left questioning how the Gunners managed to sign Gabriel Jesus this summer.

The Brazilian international moved to the Emirates in a £45 million plus a further £10 million in add-ons deal from Premier League champions Manchester City (ESPN).

Jesus was also said to have been attracting attention from north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Merson watched Jesus in action during the Gunners’ pre-season friendly against Chelsea in Florida and could not understand why Thomas Tuchel’s side did not try to lure the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

The former England international also believes that Jesus could outscore Erling Haaland, the man who replaced him in Pep Guardiola’s side.

Merson said in his column for the Daily Star: “I was at Chelsea vs Arsenal the other day in Florida,”

“And Chelsea will have to pull up some trees to catch City and Liverpool.

“It’s plain to see they can’t play a back four.

“I go a lot and whenever they play it you might as well go home. It’s that extreme.

“I also don’t like Chelsea’s business, it’s been slow and could come back to haunt them.

“It’s why Thomas Tuchel is getting so frustrated.

“You look at the other side and Arsenal had Gabriel Jesus and you’re scratching your head. How did Arsenal get him?

“The kid is an out-and-out centre-forward, he may even outscore Haaland.

“He was unbelievable the other day, why didn’t Chelsea have a look?

“When I was walking out of the ground, fans were saying ‘it hasn’t started properly yet, wait until the season starts’ but not what I watched, that was alarming.”

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Jesus will relish the prospect of being the ‘main man’ at Arsenal, rather than the bit-part role he was used to at Manchester City given their abundance of attacking talent and tendency to shuffle their frontline.

Merson has certainly been left impressed by what he has seen and Jesus needs to have at least a 15+ Premier League goal tally to his name next season if the Gunners are to secure a top four place.

All of the other top four contenders have a prolific forward within their ranks and Jesus needs to step up and deliver.