Paul Merson urges Arsenal to sign Gabriel Jesus to solve ‘impossible’ Mikel Arteta problem

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Gabriel Jesus, Tyrone Mings Man City v Aston Villa May 2022 Credit: PA Images
Gabriel Jesus, Tyrone Mings Man City v Aston Villa May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Paul Merson thinks Gabriel Jesus would be a solid signing for Arsenal this summer as Mikel Arteta looks to take his team to the next level.

The Gunners endured a torrid start to the season and in fact sat bottom after three games with zero points and a minus nine goal difference. Thereafter, though, they became an in-form team and had a Premier League top-four spot in their grasp.

However, they crumbled in the final stages of the season, with two costly results doing the damage. Indeed, a 3-0 defeat to Tottenham was a big blow, with a 2-0 loss at Newcastle the final nail in the coffin for them.

Arsenal will subsequently play Europa League – not Champions League football – next season.

Reports have claimed that the Gunners had forecasted for such an outcome. Despite a top-four finish looking so likely, Arsenal are insistent that their spending plans have not been affected.

As a result, they have ideas to sign a new striker, with a midfield signing also supposedly on the agenda. According to Paul Merson, though, the young feel to Arsenal’s squad means they need more experienced signings.

And the ex-Gunner picked out Manchester City striker Jesus as an ideal fit for Arteta.

Merson wrote in his Daily Star column: “The next few players Arsenal buy need to be experienced professionals in my opinion, ideally 28 or 29 years old.

“They need experience in the team. They have a lorryload of promising youngsters but they froze when it came to the crunch. They’ve got to get some experience in the team.

“Gabriel Jesus would be a good fit. He’s only 25 but he ticks the boxes because he scores goals, Arteta knows him, and he has experience of winning trophies with Manchester City.

“It’s alright having young players but the problem is one minute they are up high and the next minute they are down low.

“They can’t play well every week. It’s impossible. That comes with age. So they need to be helped along.

“And Arsenal don’t have the quality, experienced leaders to do that. This is a hard league – and they get targeted as well. Teams tell players to pick Bukayo Saka up now because they know he’s a big danger man.”

Gabriel Jesus a solid Arsenal signing

Gabriel Jesus playing for Manchester City Credit: PA Images
Gabriel Jesus playing for Manchester City Credit: PA Images

Arsenal have made progress under Arteta, even if it looked like his time in the dugout might be over at the start of the season.

Arteta and Gunners technical director Edu made the club one of last summer’s biggest spenders. However, the splurge on the likes of Martin Odegaard, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale has unified Arsenal.

Despite the side creaking under the pressure when it mattered, they still showed promise earlier in the season.

Arsenal have to channel that spirit and find players who can add to the feeling they had earlier in the campaign.

Jesus, while winning four Premier League titles with City, has had to fight for his place. He would likely get more regular football at the Emirates Stadium and could settle in well under Arteta.

 

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